EVEN: Coping with issues relating to Stress, Anxiety, Depression and Mental Health

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What to do?  Coping with issues relating to Stress, Anxiety, Depression and Mental Health. Eliminating the stigma.  Byram Hills High School is proud to announce the creation of the EVEN program, designed to help teachers and students address issues relating to stress, anxiety and mental health. BHHS has worked closely with the University of Michigan for the past 15 months to create the program. Through EVEN, BHHS has been working with professionals from the UM Depression Center to provide a variety of training programs for staff and selected students.

On April 3rd, 2013 at 7:00PM Byram Hills High School is co-hosting a groundbreaking event to discuss issues surrounding mental health. The goal of this interactive discussion is to provide parents, students, and community members with information about depression, anxiety and related mental illnesses, in order to increase understanding,  encourage help-seeking, and reduce the stigma associated with these conditions.  In addition to this event, on April 2nd, 2013, EVEN is hosting former NFL Quarterback Eric Hipple and his “Under The Helmet Program” at BHHS.  (www.depressioncenter.org/hipple/)

The evening will begin with an introduction on the EVEN program, a brief movie and a presentation by staff of the University of Michigan Depression Center discussing the critical importance of addressing mental health conditions in young people, with information on:  Symptoms of depression/anxiety in adolescents, How to recognize the difference between “normal” adolescent moods and a more serious condition, The importance of early detection and treatment, Adolescent Suicide, Strategies to encourage open dialogue between parents, students, and teachers about mental and emotional health.  The fact that mental illness is not a weakness or a character flaw, but a treatable illness, and that it is OK to ask for help.  SPACE IS VERY LIMITED. Please RSVP to evenevent@yahoo.com.