We live in an age of high stress, and the results of the latest Student Health Survey reveal that 79% of Brookline 7-8th graders report overwhelming stress and anxiety, which can reflect a more serious issue with depression and/or anxiety. Unlike an occasional bout of the blues or situational depression, clinical depression is a serious medical condition that needs diagnosis and treatment, which can range from therapy to medication. For some basic guidelines, check out the MENTAL HEALTH page of http://www.B-PEN.org for “Getting Help” resources and B-PEN’s Parent Update on “Adolescent Anxiety and Depression.” BHS’sPrevention/Intervention Team is available for confidential information, resources, and counseling, and has recently started a Parent Network for those whose 6th-12th grade students are having social/emotional challenges – contact Hope Schroy, firstname.lastname@example.org
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NEW FAMILY WELCOME POINT PERSON:
Join Lawrence's New Family Welcome by being a first point of contact to families new to Lawrence. The welcome team is in search of 1 or 2 more members to help with school tours, showing new families around the school and answering any questions they may have. Tours currently occur one Tuesday per month at 8:15 (after drop-off) and one Thursday at 1:40 (before pick-up), so anyone who can commit to two or three of those per semester would be a big help! The welcome team would appreciate any help, but is seeking a middle school parent/caregiver, in particular, to add to the range of experience available to new families. Please email email@example.com to get involved.