Steamboat schools highlight three December events focused on mental health

The community is hoping for more action from the Steamboat school district.
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The Steamboat Springs School District is partnering with local organizations to put on three events in December hoping to provide community access to resources for caregivers and students with mental health issues.

The first event, a collaboration with local nonprofit Reaching Everyone Preventing Suicide, or REPS, features former professional wrestler and motivational speaker Mark Mero, whose message focuses on empowering young people to make positive choices while touching on topics like mental health, social media and drug abuse.

Mero’s talk will start at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec 1, in the Steamboat Springs High School Auditorium, and the event will have simultaneous Spanish interpretation. More than 100 people have already registered for the free event.

Slated for Dec. 6, the second event will bring in a pair of anxiety experts to talk about how the brain works, why anxiety happens and how to control it.

Any parent or caregiver is welcome to attend one of the two sessions — 11:30 a.m. at the Howelsen Hill Ice Arena or 5 p.m. at the high school auditorium. This event will also have simultaneous Spanish interpretation.

The experts are Scott Cypers, director of stress and anxiety programs at the Helen and Arthur E Johnson Depression Center at University of Colorado’s Anschutz Medical Campus, and Aaron Ragon, an adjunct professor at University of Denver and former high school counselor in Douglas County.

Then, on Dec. 9 is the Sixth Annual Routt County Youth Services Coalition Parent Connection Summit, which has a theme of “navigating hard conversations.” The event starts at 8:30 a.m. at the Albright Auditorium at Colorado Mountain College Steamboat Springs.

The event is free to any parent, caregiver or professional who works with children or families, and child care and food will be available.

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