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Mental Health Matters for Families Part 2: A Deeper Dive

March 30 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Part 2 of our mental health event series. When 17% of youth experience a mental health disorder, parents & caregivers need support.

Brought to you by Madison City Schools and the Madison City Council of PTAs.

This is Part 2 of a family-centered mental health event series we began in September, but any family seeking support can attend. You are NOT alone. Join the conversation. Remove stigma. Start prevention. Seek help.


  • 5:30 PM, Browse tables of local organizations that deal with different mental health issues
  • 5:45 – 6:15 PM, Breakout Session 1
  • 6:15 – 6:30 PM, Transition to next session
  • 6:30 – 7:00 PM, Breakout Session 2
  • 7:00 – 7:30 PM, Wrap-Up and browse resource tables

BREAKOUT SESSIONS: (Choose two sessions to attend from the following list:)

1. Dealing with Anxiety – presented by The Enrichment Center: Anxiety may present in different ways for kids and teens. Learn about symptoms of anxiety and tools for helping young people cope with anxiety.

2. Depression in Youth – presented by Dr. Aparna Vuppala, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist and Medical Director of SPEAK: Depression can impact our youth and how they live. Learn about warning signs of depression and suicide in young adults and how to support someone you know struggling with depression.

3. Supporting Children & Teens Through Loss – presented by Angel Utt, LMSW, Caring House and Kim O’Leary, CCLS, Caring House: There are different types of loss that can significantly impact children and teens. Learn about how to best support children and teens who have experienced the death of a loved one or experienced a loss. The content and group discussion will include helpful tips and resources for different developmental ages and needs.

4. Family Communication Skills – presented by Audrey Rankin, ALC: Focus on building healthy communication skills between parents and children/teens. Learn about love and logic parenting, understanding misbehavior, and improving relationship with communication skills.

5. Trauma & the Teen Brain – presented by Jessica Murphy, National Children’s Advocacy Center: This workshop will explore how trauma can impact the teen brain and their development while also sharing how caregivers can promote coping skills and healing.

6. Building Self-Confidence and Self-Image in Your Student – presented by The Enrichment Center: As children emerge into adolescence, self-image and confidence play a vital role in mental health. Learn practical ways to help young people increase self-confidence and improve their self-image.


Your RSVP is required so we prepare enough materials and target the issues you need to know more about. Please reserve as many seats needed for your family.


Follow the same Covid & masking protocol as Madison City Schools. Please do not attend if you feel unwell or are experiencing Covid symptoms. Social distancing is encouraged inside the gymnasium. Please be responsible and police yourselves.


Can I bring my children? Yes, children of all ages are welcome but know information will be presented primarily to parents and caregivers. There are no activities for kids at this event.

Is there a fee? No, this is a free event that is open to all Madison City Schools families.

Will this event be offered again this year? That completely depends on the needs of our Madison City Schools family. Look for the survey at the conclusion of the evening to weigh in!

What’s the point of this event? Goals for this Madison-wide Family Mental Health Fair: Learn who to turn to for help in your school and community. Arm yourself with carefully curated local resources, and walk away with a tangible Mental Health Wellness Toolbox. Talk with area experts on issues such as teen depression, anxiety, stress, loneliness, self-confidence, screen addiction, special needs parenting, and much more. Help build a supportive community here in Madison.

Brought to you by Madison City Schools and the Madison City Council of PTAs.


Bob Jones High School
650 Hughes Road
Madison, AL 35758 United States


Madison City Council of PTAs
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