• Crushing Stigma:
    Building Mental Strength for Life

    Leave feeling hopeful, empowered, and armed with knowledge and resources.

  • Dear Central Bucks families,

    On October 6, 2021, our district hosted a mental health awareness event at Central Bucks High School South entitled “Crushing Stigma – Building Mental Strength for Life.”  This event featured panel discussions and a keynote address focused on providing hope, resources, and information to help families strengthen their knowledge and support their children’s mental health, both now and throughout their lives.

    While we are grateful to those who were able to attend in person, we know that our families lead busy lives, and for that reason, both the “From the Experts” moderated panel discussion and keynote were streamed live and recorded for your convenience. You may access these recordings below:

    From the Experts: Mental Health and Wellness Panel Discussion 

    Keynote Presentation - Crushing Stigma - Building Mental Strength for Life

    In an effort to further support students and families, we will continue to focus on the mental health of our students by increasing the partnerships that enable us to connect families with the resources they need, while caring for our students as they continue to grow into the best versions of themselves. These efforts will include targeted programs for families, teachers and staff, and more. Perhaps most importantly, we will endeavor to meet the needs of our students by having direct, candid conversations with them, both individually and in groups, so that they may guide and influence the ways in which we respond.

    Remember, if you or someone you know is in need of support, there are resources listed on our website and available at the phone numbers listed below.

    Our students’ mental health is inextricably linked to their ability to achieve success in school and in life.  We will continue to work in partnership with our families and community to ensure that our students’ wellbeing remains at the forefront of our efforts as a district.  Thank you for your continued support, and have a great start to the week.


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    Abram M. Lucabaugh, Ed.D.
    Superintendent of Schools

    Archived Event Information

    Panel Sessions

    Keynote Presentation - Crushing Stigma - Building Mental Strength for Life

    Nicholas Emeigh, Director of Outreach & Development, NAMI Bucks Countynick emeigh

    Nicholas Emeigh is a mental health advocate and public speaker with 5 years of continuous recovery from mental illness, substance use, and is a survivor of 3 suicide attempts. He proudly serves the community as Director of Outreach and Development for NAMI Bucks County PA providing help, hope, awareness and opportunities to Bucks County’s 640,000 residents. He speaks often at conferences, schools, and institutions of medicine and higher learning on the power of peer support, about his own journey through an intense battle with mental illness, and what he is doing now to help shatter the stigma so that no one feels alone on their journey to recovery.

    mia scocozzoMia Scocozzo, M.Ed., Director of Youth Programs, NAMI Bucks County

    Mia Scocozzo, M.Ed., is the Director of Youth Programs for NAMI Bucks County PA where she educates students on a variety of topics around mental health. In her role, Mia works closely with middle and high school students throughout the county to ensure they have a safe space to express their emotions. Prior to her role at NAMI, Mia was a middle school math teacher in Philadelphia where she focused on incorporating social emotional learning into her classroom. Mia is proud to be a part of NAMI Bucks County to provide help, hope, and awareness around mental health.

  • Watch to learn more about this special evening.

    Our students discuss the importance of mental health in their own words.



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