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Pennridge Community Partnership education series launches with talk on pandemic’s effect on children


The Pennridge Community Partnership, a partnership between the Pennridge School District, Grand View Health and St. Luke’s Penn Foundation, is kicking off a new educational series on Oct. 28 to address a variety of topics impacting adolescents and teens.
The first of three presentations, “The Effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Children and Teens,” will feature the expertise of Amie Allanson-Dundon, network director of clinical therapy services for psychiatry at St Luke’s University Health Network, and Jason R. Frei, school-based clinical coordinator, psychotherapist, and founder of YESS! Program (Your Emotional Strength Supported!) at St. Luke’s University Health Network.
“Our children are our greatest resource,” says Allanson-Dundon. “The COVID-19 pandemic has sparked a mental health epidemic of proportions unlike anything we have ever seen. Parents, teachers, school administrators, nurses, coaches, and ancillary staff need to know signs of depression, anxiety, and other related behavioral and emotional conditions in order to quickly identify students at risk. Suicide, substance use, and self-harm are on the rise nationally for school-aged children. This webinar will address these daunting concerns and how to help our young people work through difficult emotions.”

The free presentation will be shared virtually on Thursday, Oct. 28 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. To participate, register at the following link:

The remaining two educational events will be held on Jan. 27, 2022 (snow date Feb. 3, 2022) and Pennridge High School on April 28.
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