Teen Depression: Parent Session – March 14

March 2, 2018

Student Mental Wellness: Suffolk Public Schools to Rev Up the Discussion


Suffolk Public Schools is bolstering its student mental wellness curriculum and building a stronger safety net for Suffolk teens by engaging parents and caring adults in a new, division-wide initiative.

Partnering with The Sarah Michelle Peterson Foundation, Suffolk Public Schools is starting conversations around a video created by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention to educate staff, teens and the community about teen depression.  These discussions are the first phase of an initiative the school division is undertaking to enhance support for students’ behavioral and mental well-being.

“More than Sad: Teen Depression” is a video designed to help students recognize the signs of depression in themselves or others, to challenge the stigma surrounding depression, and to learn how to ask for help.  All Suffolk 10th-graders will see the “More than Sad” video, following a companion video and adult discussion shown to high school teachers and support staff, and then to parents and the community.  Adults will learn about warning signs, what to say, and how to guide teens to help.  During the evening presentations, parents will preview what their students will be seeing.


Schedule of Parent & Community Presentations:

  • Wednesday, March 14 – Lakeland High School at 6:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Feb. 21 — King’s Fork High School at 6 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 1 – Nansemond River High School at 6:30 p.m.

NOTE:  This parent/community presentation is an adult discussion covering the information students will receive in their classroom. It is not intended for young audiences as sensitive
is discussed. 


Anyone who works with teens such as coaches, community sports directors, youth pastors, activity directors, and scout leaders is invited and encouraged to attend any of the parent and community discussions.  


“More than Sad: Teen Depression” training is being offered in all three Suffolk high schools beginning with all high school teachers and support staff at King’s Fork High School during the week of Feb. 19, followed by Nansemond River and Lakeland high schools in March.


All high school sophomores will view the video in their Health & PE class.  A trained mental health facilitator along with school guidance counselors will then lead a discussion about depression.


For more information, please contact Cheri Hinshelwood, communications specialist, at (757) 925-6752.