Lynn Lyons, LICSW, from Concord, NH came to speak at PHS (for the district) on February 6 to speak to staff, families and the community. The presentation was called "The Gift of Anxiety and Depression Prevention: Skills We Can (and Should!) Be Teaching Our Children." Untreated anxiety in a child is one of the top predictors of depression in young adults. For those that work with anxious families, this comes as no surprise. In this presentation, Lynn focuses on how interrupt the most common anxiety and depression enhancing patterns–including reassurance, accommodation, avoidance, and three cognitive habits—and adopt instead a process-based “umbrella approach” that changes both the child and adults’ ingrained patterns of thinking and behaving.
On January 30 and 31, 62 Freshman at PHS participated in the Signs of Suicide (SOS) Prevention Program.
The goals of this program are:
- To help our students understand that depression is a treatable illness
- To explain that suicide is a preventable tragedy that often occurs as a result of untreated depression
- To train students to identify serious depression and potential suicidality in themselves or a friend
- To impress upon youth that they can help themselves or a friend by talking to a responsible adult about their concerns
- To help students know whom in the school they can turn to for help