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Mission Consolidated Independent School District (CISD) administration is aware that the pandemic is currently impacting the mental health of many. It is for this reason that our Licensed Professional Counselors (LPC) have been proactive in organizing their first virtual Mental Health Awareness Conference scheduled for May 8, 2021 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. This event is an opportunity for parents and staff to increase their knowledge on mental health issues and learn about tools and tips. The event coincides with Mental Health Awareness Month which takes place in May.
“We look forward to having a great turnout for this virtual event and welcome the experts that will be on hand to provide useful tools and tips,” states Dr. Carol G. Perez, Mission CISD Superintendent. “Our commitment to meeting our students’ needs stands firm and we will continue to host events like this one that provide our families useful information.”
Mental health, just like physical health, is crucial to our overall well-being, however due to lack of exposure as well as cultural stigma, many do not consider how very vital it really is. We may often take for granted our mental health which causes us to have a more difficult time functioning and relating to others. As a parent it is important that we are armed with the tools to be able to not only help ourselves, but to also to help our children day to day.
“We are very excited to be offering this event to our district parents and staff,” states Jesse Treviño, Director for Student Services/Guidance & Counseling. “Our LPCs work tirelessly on many one-to-one counseling therapy sessions and provide many educational opportunities. This event will provide much needed information to our students, parents, and staff.”
The conference will feature several knowledgeable speakers that have volunteered their time to have presentations on various topics. They have taken time from their regular duties because they believe it is important to share valuable mental health information with the public. The following indicates that sessions that will be offered at the conference.
· Drug Abuse and the Dangers of Self-Medication– a discussion on the connection between poor mental health and drug use as a way to cope.
· Social Skills to Reduce Conflict at Home– learn the communication skills that parents can use to help their relationships with their children become more cordial.
· Parental Self-Care 1– a discussion on the benefits of exercise to improve mental health following an hour-long basic dance class presented by a local dance studio owner.
· Parental Self Care 2– will focus on breathing and relaxation in which one of our LPCs will discuss the benefits of these exercises to reduce stress.
· Supporting Your Child Through a Mental Health Episode– parents will be assisted in understanding the signs and symptoms of common mental health disorders.
· Maintaining Positive Family Relationships Through Activity– parents will be offered information on various fun activities that families can perform together to improve communication, and overall family bonds.
The LPC team continues its efforts to improve and expand mental health care within the district, they hope to provide two conferences a year, one in the fall and one in the spring. If you would like more information, please contact the district’s Student Services department at (956) 323-5578.