In response to mental health being identified as a top priority in the School District’s Bexley Blueprint, BEF is pleased to provide grant funding support, in partnership with the Bexley Community Foundation, for Bexley Be Well: A Community Conversation about Wellness. The Bexley Be Well initiative is based upon the recognition that addressing the mental health issues of children and adolescents is not just a school issue, it’s much bigger and requires a broader, community-wide conversation.
The School District has invited over 30 community partners to be part of the conversation starting this fall. The initiative will kick off on Wednesday, September 4 at 6:30pm with a free screening of the film Angst in Bexley High School’s Schottenstein Theatre. The community is invited to attend the screening and the panel discussion that will follow with experts in the mental health field. Angst is a 56-minute documentary film that explores anxiety, its causes and effects, and what can be done to address it. The
Following the film screening, Bexley Schools staff and community members will be encouraged to read the book, What Made Maddy Run by Kate Fagan during the month of September. The book details the tragic struggle of a young, successful athlete with mental illness. Author, Kate Fagan who spent seven years as a columnist and feature writer for ESPN.com and ESPN The Magazine, will speak in the BHS Schottenstein Theatre on Sunday, October 6 from 5:30-7:30pm.
The School District’s programming for the initiative includes hosting its second annual Parent Institute on Sunday, September 22 in the Cassingham Complex. The institute will feature multiple sessions on topics related to social and emotional health and well-being.
The Bexley Be Well initiative has as its goal to jump start a community-wide conversation about mental health and wellness so that we can come together at both the school and community levels, to develop prevention, intervention and postvention strategies. BEF funds will support the Bexley Be Well school-based activities while Bexley Community Foundation funding will support the community-based programs.