Curry to host second Equity in Education virtual panel
Will discuss mental health awareness in schools
UPPER DARBY, Sept. 15 – State Rep. Gina H. Curry, D-Delaware, will host a second virtual panel on equity in education at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29. This community discussion will focus on the impact that mental health has on students and families. School administrators, health officials, parents and community members are invited to attend this virtual discussion.
“According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, one in six U.S. youth aged 6-17 have a mental health condition, but only half receive mental health services,” said Curry. “This past July, our state legislature passed a historic budget that included a $100 million increase for mental health support. This is a good start, but there is more work to do to ensure mental health resources are available for all students, regardless of background or Zip code.
“The Equity in Education: Mental Health Awareness virtual panel is designed to identify and bring awareness of the mental health needs and inequities that are impacting our youth. The 164th Legislative District would like to invite the community to join us for this important open discussion on the day-to-day mental health support needed in our schools.”
Curry said the discussion will be live streamed on her Facebook page, www.facebook.com/RepGinaCurry. Dr. Daniel McGarry, Upper Darby School District superintendent; Jennifer Toof of Child Guidance Resource Centers; Laura Kuebler of the Delaware County Department of Human Services; Danielle Seward, executive director of Student Services in William Penn School District; and DeAnna McCaskill, master’s licensed social worker, will join Curry in this important discussion.
Anyone interested in participating should pre-register by visiting Curry’s website. To submit questions or comments, contact Curry’s district office at 610-259-7016 or RepCurry@pahouse.net.
This is the second virtual panel discussing equity in education. In January, Curry held Equity in Education: COVID School Closures. To watch that discussion, residents can click here.