Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Sewickley Academy Presents Conversations that Connect: Understanding and Supporting the Introverted Child

American culture tends to celebrate being outgoing and highly social. Introverts can be made to feel unappreciated and overlooked, even though their quiet, contemplative style brings extraordinary talents and insights. Learn more about introverts--including insights from several SA students.
Join Sewickley Academy’s Director of Support Services Dr. Shannon Mulholland as she shares her expertise and guidance about how parents can understand and support an introverted child.

Planning to attend? View this TED Talk before the presentation.

Date: Tuesday, May 16, 2017, from 8:30 - 9:30 a.m.
Location: Sewickley Academy’s Hansen Library, Boyd Room

All parents and guardians are welcome.

Questions? Contact School Counselor Lynn Sanborne, MSW.

Conversations that Connect is sponsored by Sewickley Academy's Department of Support Services and the Home and School Association.

This event is free and open to the public.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Parents - "13 Reasons Why" you should read this message!

In a recent Youth Connect meeting all in attendance had heard about the Netflix Series "13 Reasons Why" that many young people (pre-teens as well as teens) are watching.  It is extremely compelling and disturbing as it could be construed as glorifying teen suicide, excessive drinking, and other high risk behaviors.  

Clinical experts are worried that the show may lead to "Suicide contagion", or the risk of copy-cat behavior among those who are watching the series.  

Here are several links to stories about the series in the news: http://www.cnn.com/2017/04/25/health/13-reasons-why-teen-suicide-debate-explainer/


If your teen is watching this series please consider watching it together or separately, then discuss what you have seen. 

If you feel that your teen needs help here are a few resources for you in addition to your school counselors:  

If there is an immediate threat to someone's health call 911.  

You can also get help from the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 

Locally you can contact the experts at the Samaritan Counseling Center: 

Sewickley Academy's librarian put together a list of books for teens with characters facing metal illness challenges.  A link to this list is here: https://sewickley.myschoolapp.com/ftpimages/636/download/download_2319218.pdf