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Wellness Events and Tips

Wellness Tip:

Do you or your child have concerns dealing with the stress caused by their academic workload, such multiple exams on one day or on days with big deadlines such as college deadlines.  Of course, your student should always talk to the teacher first.  But if any parents have additional concerns, they should reach out to their student’s assistant principal. I’ve listed them below.

9th graders: Alex Salinas 512-414-6058

10th-12th, last names A-L: Andy Paulson 512-414-7094

10th-12th, last names M-Z: San Czaplinski 512-414-7052

This weeks’ tip:

October 29 – November 2

Sophomores will have a National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) assembly on Wednesday. Here is information about the 50-minute presentation designed for middle and high school audiences: NAMI Ending the Silence. The goal of the presentation is to raise awareness and change perceptions about mental health conditions, and to show that students can learn about mental illness directly from family members and individuals living with mental illness themselves. 

Seniors will have NAMI presentations during English classes on November 1st and 2nd; in which they will discuss signs of depression, ways to reach out for help, and things they can do if they notice a friend struggling. 

October 22-26 is Red Ribbon Week and LASA is focusing on “Love your Brain”
Activities for the week include:
·         a poster in which the kids can write down some of their healthy habits
·         daily announcements about loving your brain
·         posters will be hung challenging students ideas of the normal activities around drugs and alcohol for our students
·         taking pledges to be healthy and make good choices for your brain.

Wednesday (10/24) is Unity Day and LASA counselors are encouraging people to wear orange to show their support.

How to Succeed at LASA is also on Wednesday 10/24 @ 6pm in the theater.


NAMI/ National Alliance on Mental Illness Upcoming Events

The Wellness Committee would like to call attention to the upcoming seminars held by our NAMI Austin Chapter.

NAMI Basics
This is a free 6- week education program for parents/family of teens who are experiencing signs/behavioral patterns of mental health concerns or who have a diagnosis.
Mondays starting November 5th, 6-8:30 p.m.
People’s Community Clinic
1101 Camino La Costa, Austin, 78752

NAMI Family & Friends
This is a 4- hour seminar designed to inform/support people who have loved ones with a mental health condition.
Saturday, October 27th, 1-5 p.m.
Mulva Clinic- Dell Medical School
1701 Trinity St., Austin 78701

To learn more or register:  www.namiaustin.org/education/classes/

The PFLASA Wellness Committee organizes presentations, panels, and more throughout the school year, primarily for parents, but also for students and faculty/staff. The purpose is to provide information relevant to healthy adolescent development. Some events are in conjunction with programs organized by the LASA Wellness Counseling Department, and this year the committee will collaborate with the LASA Wellness Club as well as post weekly tips on LOL.

Have feedback on past events or ideas for future PFLASA Wellness events? Interested in joining our planning committee? Come to the next meeting Monday 12/3 at 11:30am in counselor Susan Palacios’ office (room 214), or contact the PFLASA Wellness Committee Co-Chair JoAnne McIntosh at wellness@pflasa.org.