FCPS to Host Sixth Annual Mental Health and Wellness Conference October 5
Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) will host its sixth annual Mental Health and Wellness Conference beginning at 8 a.m. on Saturday, October 5, at Fairfax High School in partnership with Inova and Kaiser Permanente.
The morning session, which runs from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., will focus on social and emotional learning and features a keynote address by Marc Brackett, Ph.D., founding director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. Participants will receive a copy of Brackett’s book, Permission to Feel. A special session for high school students—the Our Minds Matter Teen Summit—will also be held during the morning session.
Breakouts will include sessions on stress and anxiety, fostering resilience, healthy use of technology, self-care, communication, family mental health services, drugs and the adolescent brain, vaping, and sport and performance psychology skills.
Conference attendees are invited to stay for Inova’s Act on Addiction Summit, scheduled for 12:30 to 4 p.m. Admiral James "Sandy" Winnefeld, co-founder of SAFE Project, a national nonprofit committed to contributing in a tangible way to overcoming the addiction epidemic, will be the keynote speaker. The summit will offer several breakout sessions addressing substance misuse identification, resources, and recovery.
Exhibit tables and resources will be available to all attendees until 1 p.m. Breakfast and lunch will be provided courtesy of Inova.
Fairfax High School is located at 3501 Rebel Run in Fairfax.
For more information, contact the FCPS Office of Communication and Community Relations at 571-423-1200.