#Stigma180 is the name of an anti-stigma initiative aimed at reversing the stigma surrounding mental health – “doing a 180.”  You’ll see the hashtag #Stigma180 used to tie different elements of the campaign together across social media, buildings, and school and community events.
The campaign was created by Specialized Services staff with the following goals in mind:
  • to provide accurate information and resources about mental health
  • to increase awareness, understanding, sensitivity, and responsiveness to mental health in our schools and community
  • to engage members of the district and community in a dialogue and conversation about mental well-being and overall health.

#Stigma180 Community Seminars

Seminars are free, but registration is encouraged.
Click on the title to be linked to registration info.


Leaving the Nest: Preparing Yourself and Your Child for Leaving Home
April 4 – 6-7:30 p.m.
Chaska High School Blue Forum

Preparing for your child to spread their wings and head off to college or move out of the house can be a time of mixed emotions—excitement, anxiety, hope and fear, all rolled into one. Join educators from myHealth to talk about issues pertinent to newly independent young people, such as sexuality, stress, sleep, safety, and drugs and alcohol. You can’t go to college with them, but you can ensure they are prepared when they leave. Intended for parents with children in grades 8 and up. Presented by myHealth.

Exceptional Parenting: Supporting Your Exceptional Kids
April 11 – 6-8 pm
Chaska High School – Blue Forum

Parenting children and teens impacted by gifted-ness, special needs, and/or mental health issues requires parents to be intentional in supporting their unique kids and the challenges they face. Walk away from this presentation with tools to help your children educationally, socially, and emotionally. Presented by Michael Borowiak, MSW, LICSW, and Emilee Rodriquez, LAMFT, of Traverse Counseling and Consulting.

Navigating the Virtual Playground: Healthy Choices and Worrisome Pitfalls for Today’s Youth
April 25 – 6-7:30 pm
Chaska High School – Blue Forum

As technology grows and adapts, children are growing and adapting right along with it. The online highway can have some steep learning curves, for students and for parents. Youth can find themselves in over their head as technology choices move faster than their developmental abilities. Technology isn’t a bad thing, but young people need help in navigating these tools so that their empathy and sense of self can also grow and develop. This presentation details the risks students are facing and practical, positive ways that adults can respond. Presented by Alison Feigh of the Jacob Wetterling Resource Center. Sponsored by Community Education.


Madalyn Larsen
Family School Coordinator

Eric Dean
Family School Coordinator