#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.

Carver County Drug Use Awareness
January 10 – 6-8 p.m.
Chaska High School – Rm B100
Link to video: Raising Awareness of Opioid Addiction

Using an FBI pilot program, the Carver County Sheriff’s Office will share information regarding substance use and abuse. Specific discussion points will include: national and local drug trends such as,current slang terms, signs of drug use and abuse, local drug issues, and information regarding how to keep our community safe. Questions and comments from the audience are encouraged. Led by Carver County Sheriff’s Office.

Creating Caring Community in Minnesota: Five Things You Can Do
January 24 – 5-6 p.m.
Chanhassen High School – Lecture Forum

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.

Supporting Teens with Suicidal and Self-harm Behaviors and Urges
January 30 – 6-7:30 p.m.
Chaska High School – Blue Forum

Some teens struggle with suicidal or self-harm urges. As a parent, caregiver, or educator – you want to help but it can be scary, overwhelming and sometimes hard to understand. Dr. Lane Pederson will speak on ways to respond and interventions that support teens experiencing these behaviors and urges. Dr. Pederson is a real world practitioner and the co-owner of Mental Health Systems, with four clinics in the metro area. He is also a published author and has provided training and consultation to over 8000 professionals in the United States, Australia, Canada, and Mexico. Led by Mental Health Systems.

Change to Chill Resiliency Training
February 7 – 4-5:30 p.m.
Chanhassen High School – Lecture Forum

Change to chill is a free online tool to help youth learn how to identify their stressors and how to manage them. Staff from Allina Health will provide an overview of the Change to Chill online resilience based tools: mindfulness, meditation, gratitude, guided imagery and relaxation. This program can be applied to any person in any setting, but will be focused on the target age group 13-18. Allina staff will guide you through these online tools and lessons to help you find ways to implement them into your setting for these youth.

Managing Stress, Anxiety, and Depression – Tips for Parents and Educators
February 21 – 6-7:30 p.m.
Chanhassen High School – Lecture Forum

Stress among school aged children and adolescents is evident by the rising incidence of mental health concerns seen among this group. Minnetonka Counseling LLC will discuss common mental health diagnoses seen within a school setting, along with practical tools that can be used in the classroom and at home to address these concerns.

A Fresh Look at Attention, Learning and Memory
February 28 – 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Chaska High School – Blue Forum

In this presentation Dr. Chris Bedford will talk about how people learn and remember things using the information processing model. With this model, we can identify and understand the difficulties that people experience with everything from mental health to academic problems, including learning disorders and ADHD. Most importantly, Dr. Bedford will talk about how to select appropriate interventions based on specific difficulties identified by the model. Led by Brightsight.

Healthy Habits, Create Healthy Heads
March 14 – 6-7:30 p.m.
Chanhassen High School – Lecture Forum

Most people want to create at least one good habit, or give up a bad habit. Learn strategies that teachers and parents can readily implement within the classroom or at home to help children and adolescents create healthy habits that promote their social and emotional well being. Led by local therapist, Renee Carlson, MS, LPCC, RPT. Carlson, owner of Grander Living LLC, has over a decade of experience in the mental health field working with children, adolescents, adults and families. Led by Grander Living.

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