May is Mental Health Month in the United States and the Pasadena Unified School District is raising awareness about the importance of mental health and to stop the stigma associated with mental health disorders.
On May 1, 2019 Pasadena Unified is partnering with Huntington Hospital and local community mental health agencies to invite PUSD parents, staff, students, and the community for an informative evening on suicide awareness and prevention in youth. The event features a resource fair and a keynote address by Huntington Hospital pediatric psychiatrist A. Paul Kurkjian, MD. Doors open at 5:45 p.m. and the program begins at 6 p.m. Admission is free. McKinley School Auditorium, 325 S. Oak Knoll Ave., Pasadena.
PUSD mental health professionals from the district's Child Welfare Attendance & Safety office, community mental health partners and other community partners will be available to talk about their services and provide support with referrals and links to services for students in need.
To support the socio-emotional, mental, and physical needs of its students, Pasadena Unified has developed an organized and multi-tiered system of supports, including mental health professionals, counselors, and policies.