(ROCKWALL ISD – October 23, 2013) October is National Anti-Bullying Awareness Month and Rockwall Independent School District is helping students, parents and staff to “fight the bully battle”.
Starting last month the district kicked off an ongoing series of monthly parent education programs entitled “Take a Stand”, addressing the issues of bullying, suicide, depression, substance abuse, dishonesty and more. This wide-ranging district effort focuses on positive character and social traits, which impact student’s thoughts, actions and feelings.
On Tuesday, October 22, Rockwall ISD hosted the second program in the Take a Stand series, “Fighting the Bully Battle” featuring keynote speaker Patrick LeBlanc from the Hickory Trail Hospital. LeBlanc covered the nature and prevalence of bullying as well as what works and what doesn’t work in bullying prevention and intervention.
The next program in the Take a Stand series entitled “Difficult or Depressed? Recognizing and Treating Adolescent Mood Disorders” will be held on Wednesday, November 20 at 7:00 p.m. at 1050 Williams Street Rockwall, TX 75087. Dr. Karen L. Swartz, the Director of Clinical and Educational Programs at John Hopkins Mood Disorders Center, will discuss the signs, symptoms and effects of teen depression.
Throughout the year Rockwall ISD will also be hosting a series of staff trainings on topics such as bullying, youth suicide and awareness, substance abuse, dating violence and online safety. At the campus level, various activities and initiatives are also being carried out in an effort to educate students on bullying and its prevention, and the importance of emotional and physical well-being. From campus to community, Rockwall ISD is committed to bringing awareness to the dangers of bullying and adolescent depression.
Submitted by Jovan Overshown, Rockwall ISD Communications Coordinator.