Building Mental Strength for Life
Leave feeling hopeful, empowered, and armed with knowlege and resources.
October 6, 2021 | 5:30-8 PM
Central Bucks High School South
1100 Folly Road, Warrington
5:30 PM - Doors Open
- More than 20 Mental Health Resource Provider Exhibits
6-7 PM - Panel Sessions
- From the Experts: Mental Health and Wellness (Auditorium) - Superintendent Dr. Abram Lucabaugh will moderate a panel discussion with mental health experts. The discussion will center on mental health and wellness from the perspective of practitioners, parents, and mental health providers. Panelists will explore the difference between mental health and mental illness, ways to talk to your children about their mental health, how to determine if your child is in need of mental health support, and where to begin to find help. Meet our panelists:
- Dr. Adam Assoian, Director | Ally Psychological Services
- Dr. Jamie Gairo, Board Vice President | NAMI Bucks County
- Wendy Flanigan, Bucks County Department of Behavioral Health/Developmental Programs
- Judy Heath, Interagency Coordinator | Bucks County Intermediate Unit
- Barb Miller, Director of Children's Services | Bucks County Department of Behavioral Health/Developmental Programs
- Nicole Wolf, Director of Education and Training | Lenape Valley Foundation
- Central Bucks Social Workers Panel (Forum Room) - Central Bucks School District's social workers Leigh Bianchi (West Cluster), Raquel Riad (South Cluster), and Megan Zdzeira (East Cluster) will discuss navigating the system of mental health and wellness supports in our area, and answer questions about community and school district resources.
7-8 PM - Keynote Presentation - Crushing Stigma - Building Mental Strength for Life
Presented by Nicholas Emeigh, Director of Outreach & Development, NAMI Bucks County
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.
This event is open to students, adults, and families. Free childcare (children age 4 and older) will be provided for all or a portion of the event as needed. Register for event updates and childcare at www.cbsd.org/crushingstigma_register.