New free mental health digital resource available for families and parents

SIOUX FALLS, SD (KELO) — If you’re noticing mental health issues more frequently, you’re not at all alone.

“Mental health issues have been on the rise for several years and COVID has certainly exacerbated that, so now is a great time for us to partner up to try and bring education to families,” said Thomas Otten, vice -assistant president of Avera Behavioral Health. Hospital. “The good news about mental health disorders, they are very treatable if people reach out and get the help that is available to them.”

Avera Health and the Sioux Falls School District have collaborated for the Family Forum Series: free digital sessions on a variety of mental health topics. The first was held last month and was on suicide prevention.

“We hope that anyone who wants to or any parent who has a problem with any of these areas can really log on at that time and find more information or even after the fact go online to access it,” said said Jamie Nold, assistant superintendent. with the Sioux Falls School District.

But Nold says it’s not just for parents in the district.

“Anyone in the state, if they want to go to our website and they can access it through a link on our website in the Counseling Services page of our Sioux Falls School District website,” Nold said.

Sessions take place on the third Tuesday evening of each month at 6 p.m. until May. The next one is Tuesday, October 18; it will look at anxiety. Other planned topics include unhealthy eating habits, bereavement and conflict resolution. You can find information about the series here.

“What it is, what it looks like, then some practical coping strategies and tips to help kids,” Otten said.

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