BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (Oct.6, 2020) – With all the disruptions to students’ daily routines and the social isolation that many across the country are still experiencing, more attention than ever needs to be paid to their psychological well-being. This fall, Gaggle will host the Student Wellness Series: four webinars featuring experts on a variety of topics impacting the mental and physical well-being of today’s K-12 students.
“Even before the pandemic struck, modern-day students were experiencing a mental health crisis,” said Gaggle’s CEO and founder, Jeff Patterson. “Reports indicate that approximately 10 million young people between the ages of 13 and 18 are in need of professional help for a mental health condition. It’s no longer enough to simply protect students in a physical sense. We have to consider the whole child from a social and emotional standpoint.”
The Student Wellness Series will run from mid-October through mid-November. Interested educators can register for the free webinars by visiting https://news.gaggle.net/student-wellness-fall-2020. The schedule for the series is as follows:
October 13 at 4:00 PM ET
These complex conditions, which can seriously impact students’ mental and physical health, often require both medical and psychological intervention. Dr. Lisa Strohman, an expert on student mental health, will explain how eating disorders affect adolescents.
October 20 at 1:00 PM ET
Bruno Dias, the director of safety and security at Mansfield Independent School District in Texas, will lend his expertise on this topic.
November 2 at 1:00 PM ET
Anxiety and depression are on the rise, with 70% of teens seeing these issues as a major problem. Dr. Lisa Strohman will join attendees again for this session along with Christine Ravesi-Weinstein, an educational leader, mental health advocate, and author of “Anxious: Advocating for Students with Anxiety, Because What if it Turns Out Right?”
November 17 at 1:00 PM ET
Students suffering from depression and anxiety may turn to cutting, a form of self-harm, as a way to release their pain and emotions. Dr. Lisa Strohman returns for the final installment of the Student Wellness Series.
For the past 21 years, Gaggle has been committed to helping K-12 districts manage student safety on school-provided technology. Using a powerful combination of technology and trained safety experts, the safety solution proactively assists districts around the clock in the prevention of student suicide, bullying, inappropriate behaviors, school violence, and other harmful situations. The company recently launched Gaggle Therapy, which matches students who need mental health support with counselors licensed in their state for weekly teletherapy sessions.