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Keynote Sessions

Student Mental Health Trends by the Numbers
[Kevin Fischer, NAMI-MI]
Kick off the Student Mental Health Summit with the Director of the National Alliance of Mental Illness – Michigan, Kevin Fischer, as he outlines current data trends and statistics concerning the landscape of mental illness specifically to Michiganders. Our interactive school assessment survey allows school teams to gauge their own programming effectiveness and identify areas of need.\

Suicide & Depression
[Eric Hipple, Former Detriot Lions QB & National Speaker on Mental Fitness]

Screenagers - Technology Addiction
[Dr. Delaney Ruston, Physician and Creator/Director of Screenagers Films]

Understanding the Teenage Brain and Its Impact on Mental Health
[Dr. Nekeshia Hammond, Founder & CEO of Hammond Psychology & Associations and National Speaker and Author]

Middle School Matters!
[Phyllis Fagell, School Counselor and National Author & Speaker]

Breakout Sessions

The Biology Behind Addiction and the Effects of Abusing Harmful Substances
The program will consist of describing different types of drugs and how the human body reacts and becomes addicted to each substance. We will outline the damage caused by the abuse of drugs and how an overdose may be treated with Narcan. A very in depth approach will be taken to explain how these substances perform in our body by binding to our receptors to release certain chemicals.

Meaningful Minute Meetings
Implementing Minute Meetings is a great way to connect to every student in your school, collect helpful information, and evaluate the mental health needs of your students. Find out how to get started, how to manage the data collection, and start building your meaningful questions. Even if you have a large number of students in your building, find out how to make this seemingly daunting task a reality for your school that you will find is well worth the time.

Handle With Care: Supporting Students Exposed to Trauma
The Handle With Care Initiative is a partnership between schools, law enforcement and mental health providers. This session will describe how the initiative provides supports for students exposed to potentially traumatic events. Participants will learn about the Handle With Care model and how to implement it in their school and communities.

be nice. - A Student Led Action Plan for Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Education
A multi-media presentation - Student leaders from U of D and Notre Dame Prep will present their work with be nice. during this important time - they have started conversations about mental health among students, staff and parents in this crucial time! They will explain their pre-COVID approach as well as the transition to virtual education and prevention. Facilitating the presentation along with these students will be Executive Director, Christy Buck, to explain program evidence base, upstream approach and implementation.

Life in the SLOW Lane
Need some "me time"? Who doesn't? Join us as we discuss some simple self-care strategies to help offset the impact of "2020". You will have an opportunity to identify and try practices that are a good fit for you. This workshop will be engaging, interactive and include a variety of practical strategies for implementing your own well-being and self-care, even amidst chaos.

Supporting your LGBTQ Youth
This session will focus on current vocabulary, everyday school situations that can negatively impact LGTBQ students, statistics that show how much more impacted by risk our LGBTQ students are and a few ideas to start on the road to support and inclusion for your entire student body.

TRAILS responds to needs during COVID-19
TRAILS, the school mental health program from the University of Michigan, has been dedicated to supporting schools around the state over the past few years. Our main goal is to make evidence-based skills available to school mental health professionals and students. Student mental health and wellness was already a top priority before COVID-19. Now with the onset of the pandemic and ongoing social justice movements, TRAILS is responding to the increased need for support. Join us as we provide an overview of TRAILS’ evidence-based mental health resources for schools.

Mindfulness in the Secondary Classroom
Learn how teachers can implement mindfulness in their classrooms as well as ways administrators can support the implementation of mindfulness throughout a building and even an entire district. Participants will learn mindfulness strategies for the secondary classroom, how to use secondary students to implement mindfulness at the elementary level and mindfulness strategies for self-care.

Michigan Cares: Providing SEL Support to your Students and their Families
During times of crisis, children need extra support to process their emotions. The State of Michigan recognized how important supporting students, families, and educators would be this year and funded the Michigan Cares program. Whether you use this resource as a supplemental or primary SEL program, every school can take advantage of it. Join Lauren Kazee as she discusses how to take a programmatic approach to student wellness, and Angela Shields as she introduces the Michigan Cares program. www.michiganvirtual.org/michigancares

MST Mental Health Awareness Week
Mental Health Awareness Week is a week that is chosen during the school year specifically to educate every student on mental health and various mental illness. Each day of the week students wear a specific color to represent a certain disorder. (for example last year we did anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, ...). Each morning a presentation made by our committee is shown in each classroom to explain what that mental illness exactly is and how to support someone with that mental illness. Each day we encourage students to explain to someone outside school why they are wearing that color for that day. We plan various events inside and outside of school to create an environment where everyone can feel comfortable and supported.

Wolverine Support Network: Peer Support to reshape student mental health and well-being

In the turbulence of life, it can be easy to lose sight of what matters and we want to do our best to establish a community in which people feel safe to work through their challenges. We feel that it is important to create this positive environment and hope to accomplish this goal over the course of the U-Matter Week and throughout the year.

Anxiety, Acting Out, and Antidotes; Oh My!
This presentation is an overview of anxiety. During this presentation you will learn the signs, stress points and how to help students remain active and engaged in school while fighting anxiety.

Creating A Mental Health Advisory Board
Schools are often tasked with identifying and referring students to a mental health agency. Many times there is a gap between referring the family and the student actually receiving services. Hear about how we developed a partnership with our community mental health agency and many local school districts to collaborate and better serve the mental health needs of our students.

Anti-Bias Training
This Anti-Bias training explores bias on every level from gender, race, sexual orientation, ability, and class. Though discussions, breakout sessions and activities attendees will learn the importance of tracking behaviors and being aware of bias that exists in every individual. The foundation of this work begins with recognizing our own privileges, unpacking the stigmatization related to advantages, and developing a framework for embracing advocacy for our students. Additionally, the training will lead to action items and resources that can be used to educate children as we work to ensure that they are ready for a global society.

Identifying A Crisis & Tips to DeEscalate
This presentation will introduce signs of the common mental illnesses and give tips on how to identify and address students in the classroom and during a crisis.

#Whyyoumatter: A Student-Centered SEL Framework of Growth and Support
We will discuss our #Whyyoumatter campaign and our partnership with the Washtenaw Intermediate School District Mental Health Coalition.