Mental Health and Healthy Living

The World Health Organization defines mental health as a state of well-being in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community. 

Healthy Living are the steps, actions and strategies one puts in place to achieve optimum health. Healthy Living is about taking responsibility and making smart health choices for today and for the future. Eating right, getting physically fit, emotional wellness, spiritual wellness and prevention are all a part of creating a healthy lifestyle. 

The Park Hill School Community supports all students in their journey to living healthy.

In this Mental Health and Healthy Living section, you will find contacts for our school counselors and school social workers, as well as important resources.

HOAX SCARE

There is a scare circulating on social media and in the news about a hoax called the Momo Challenge, targeting children. The whole story is made up. This hoax is similar to others that falsely claim there is a character or application online trying to get children to do harmful things to themselves or others.

However, this is a great opportunity to remember how important it is to monitor what our children are seeing online. This hoax is scaring a lot of children, who are hearing about it, searching for it online, and finding links and news coverage about a scary-looking character rumored to try to harm them.

We do need to be careful with children’s use of the internet. They could accidentally see something distressing, and predators have been known to try to either scare or entice children online. Here are some helpful tips from NetSmartz (PDF), a program of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

If you need any support dealing with this hoax or any online concerns, feel free to contact the counselor at your child’s school. We would be happy to help you.

Fighting Vaping

Register to watch our Fighting Vaping webinar

Parenting in Challenging Times

Parents are one of the biggest influences in a child’s life. This is why we are hosting our Parenting In Challenging Times webinar series on a variety of topics to make it easier to do one of life’s hardest jobs — parenting.

Visit the link below to watch for upcoming webinars and register to watch the recordings of our previous webinars.

Parenting in Challenging Times webinar series

Webinar series

talking about Violence

After the tragedy in Florida, many families reached out to us with questions about talking to children about violence. It is normal for both children and adults to experience a range of emotions after a national trauma like this. We want to provide support to families, students and staff as we face these tough issues. The National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) has resources to help us have these conversations.

We have been preparing for a parent webinar this spring that will include national mental health experts sharing advice. Watch for more information about this.

Talking to Children about Violence (PDF)


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