Kids on School BusLeander ISD parents and staff are invited to attend the district’s “Keeping Your Child Safe” student mental health presentation on Tuesday, May 20 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the lecture hall at Vista Ridge High School (200 S. Vista Ridge Blvd., in Cedar Park).  The featured speakers will be Karen Ranus, Executive Director National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Austin, and Adrienne Kennedy, Former NAMI Austin Board President. They will be joined by a parent and a young person who will share their personal experience of  living with the challenges of mental health issues during childhood and adolescence.

This presentation is designed to engage and inform parents of issues regarding the mental health of young people as they relate to safety and wellness. With 50 percent of all lifetime cases of mental illness beginning by age 14 and 75 percent by age 24, school years are the most important time for parents to work in collaboration with school professionals to address the mental health needs of children and teens.

This presentation will:

  • Help ­­families understand the early warning signs of mental illnesses in children and adolescents.
  • Provide tips for parents and families on how to intervene and insure mental health treatment needs are linked with services.
  • Offer strategies families can use to communicate with schools about mental health-related concerns.


This conference is designed for parents. Childcare is available. To help the district plan appropriately, please RSVP by Monday, May 19.  Email or call 512-570-0032. Light snacks will be provided.

The student mental health presentation is the final part of the district’s four-part 2013-14 wellness series.

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