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West Hartford Public Schools Hosting Mental Health Panel Discussion

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‘Breaking the Stigma: Demystifying Mental Health for Diverse Families’ to take place May 8 in virtual format.


In recognition of Mental Health Month,  West Hartford Parent Community Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Groups and West Hartford Community of Concern, along with support from West Hartford Public Schools Office of Equity Advancement will present a virtual event addressing mental health for diverse families on Monday, May 8, 2023, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. 

The event will feature a presentation by Dr. Melissa Santos, PhD Associate Professor, Pediatrics and Associate Chair, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine; Division Chief, Pediatric Psychology and Clinical Director, Pediatric Obesity Center Connecticut Children’s. The presentation will be followed by a panel Q&A discussion with Santos and West Hartford Public Schools professionals Marisa Tamayo (she/her), school counselor at Hall High School; Geoff Zeruk, school psychologist at Sedgwick Middle School; and Cora Fuss, school psychologist at Morley Elementary School.

The goals of this event is to support parents and caregivers to be able to:

  • Identify and select the best mental health provider for their child
  • Explore connections between mental health and identities to better understand their child’s experiences
  • Actively engage with their child’s school to foster a supportive partnership for their mental well-being
  • Assess and address their child’s unique needs to enhance their mental health support

The virtual event is intended for parents, caregivers, and anyone who wants to support the mental health of diverse youth in our community. While some of the discussion features WHPS professionals, families from outside of West Hartford will also benefit from the information and discussion provided. 

Registration is required for this virtual event.

This event is supported in part by a grant from West Hartford Greater Together Community Fund at Hartford Foundation for Public Giving.

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