#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.
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#Stigma180 Community Seminars

Seminars are free, but registration is encouraged.
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Communication & Conflict Resolution
September 25th – 6:30-8 p.m.
Chanhassen High School Lecture Forum

In this workshop, you will learn effective communication strategies for families or individuals when faced with conflict. Professionals from Family Recovery Resource Experts (FRrē) will cover an effective communication tool (conjoint communication), share strategies for establishing healthy boundaries, walk through tools for conflict resolution and how to navigate competing needs within a family system. Presented by Marc Hertz, President and Founder of FRrē. 

Common Triggers That Can Cause Anxiety & Depression in Adolescents
October 11th – 6-7 pm
Chaska High School – Blue Forum

Many adolescents experience some form of anxiety and depression.  Come learn about common triggers that cause anxiety and depression during adolescence, as well as how to tell the difference between everyday experiences of anxiety and depression vs. clinical levels.  This presentation will identify warning signs that parents and educators can watch for, give them practical tools for how to respond effectively, and offer guidance about seeking mental health treatment. Presented by Nicole M. Johnson, MA, Post Doctoral Fellow, Lorenz Clinic

Technology & Mental Health
October 23rd – 6-7:30 pm
Chanhassen High School Lecture Forum

Staff from Traverse Counseling and Consulting will discuss the idea of a technology addiction and whether it is real or not by discussing and using current research and the current understanding technology has on the brain. Strategies for caregivers, parents, and teachers will be provided to help children establish a safe and healthy relationships with technology.

Creating Caring Communities in Minnesota: Five Things You Can Do
November 8th – 6-7:30 pm
Laketown Elementary School Cafeteria, Waconia

Learn about mental illnesses, the impact of negative attitudes and five things each of us can do to make Minnesota a better place for people who experience a mental illness. This one-hour workshop is for anyone interested in learning about mental illnesses and helping to change attitudes towards mental illnesses. Led by the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Minnesota


Madalyn Larsen
Family School Coordinator

Cady Nielsen
Family School Coordinator