May 2019 -- Nisan-Iyar 5779,  Volume 25, Issue 5

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Open Mind Summit Deals with Mental Health

One in four adults will experience a mental health problem over his or her lifetime. Half of those problems start before the age of 14. The students at Solomon Schechter Upper School of Westchester chose to devote a full day of learning on January 10 to mental health awareness and de-stigmitization.


 Brenda Haas, WJCS Partners in School Consultant (far left) worked with head school psychologist Bill Blank, Psy.D. and the students to shape the agenda of the “Open Minds” Summit.


In his opening words,  Michael Orth, Commissioner of Westchester County Department of  Mental Health, (right photo on far left)  talked about the necessity to “change the narrative” about mental health issues.


Stephanie Marquesano of The Harris Project (right photo, second from left),  Randi Silverman of Youth Mental Health Project (right photo on far right), as well as WJCS Rabbi Pam Wax and WJCS psychology expert Levi Lipovenko all played important roles.


Topics included: bullying, depression, suicide, anxiety, stress, LGBTQ, and body image.


Students from Maria Regina, Westchester Day School, Irvington High School, IONA Prep and Solomon Schechter Day School of Bergen County also  attended this very special program. Over 600 students and parents attended.