High school will continue ‘Parent Series’ Wednesday

Williamsport Area High School will continue its Parent Series this week with “Signs of Suicide and Other Mental Health Disorders,” beginning at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Williamsport Area Middle School.

The event is free and open to all families.

According to district psychologist Keri Nasdeo and social worker Heather Way, there has been a significant rise in today’s adolescents showing signs of mental health disorders. The session will help families explore ways to recognize signs and symptoms of mental health disorders as well as options available to them through the school district.

“Although one in 10 children and adolescents suffer from mental illness severe enough to cause some level of impairment, in any given year, fewer than one in three of those children receives needed treatment,” said high school counselor Phyllis Sieber, citing a statistic from the Surgeon General.

Parents or guardians often don’t know the depth of resources available to them at the school district level, which is one of the primary reasons for offering a session on the topic.

“This will give parents and guardians the opportunity to hear about what we have available to them, and to help them understand what they can do to help their child who may be suffering from a disorder,” Nasdeo said.

The Parent Series is an eight-month program of speakers on topics that affect students in grades seven through 12. The goal is to work with families on issues and areas affecting teens, and promote ways to help them be more healthy and successful.

For more information, call the high school’s counseling office at 570-323-8411.