Nassau BOCES Mental Health Consortium
The Nassau BOCES Mental Health Consortium is a collective of school districts convened to address the prevalent issue of mental health and wellness within the realm of education. The consortium is designed to offer practical skills and background knowledge that will assist it's component districts in the implementation of plans to address the new and any future regulations or recommendations associated with Mental Health education as issued by NYSED.
We will identify, explore and establish curriculum resources to develop mental health curriculum and school/district initiatives as well as leverage various community members as resources in the establishment of mental health recognition, treatment and acceptance. The goal is to create a "Culture of Care" within the district which will nurture methods designed to enhance student understanding, attitudes and behaviors that promote health, well-being and human dignity.
Our next meeting....
Our Next Nassau BOCES Mental Health Consortium Meeting is...
December 5, 2019
Our presenter for the December 5th session is Eric Kussin
Title: Destigmatization of Mental Health Issues
An exploration of the nuances of how stigma started, how we as a society continue to perpetuate it, and what can be done (specifically in schools) to remove it.
Bio: Founder: We're All A Little “Crazy,” Nonprofit; The Global #SameHere Movement; Mental-Health Advocate/Keynote SpeakerWe’re All A Little “Crazy”, founded by 15-year professional sports executive, Eric Kussin, brings together Athletes, Celebrities, and Expert Practitioners. After a successful career that started at the NBA League Office, Eric’s mental health took a sudden and rapid decline.Due to unresolved life traumas he failed to address at a young age – experiences he was unaware were affecting his mental health – Eric developed a severe PTSD, along with anxiety and depression which left him almost permanently in bed, with severe cognitive impairment, for over two and a half years. Once he found a way to climb out of his abyss, he vowed to spend the rest of his life focused on changing the global conversation through mental health advocacy.Mental health exists on a continuum, with some experiencing more severe declines than others over varying periods of time. Eric is determined to spread his message: that EVERYONE in the world is affected by life’s inevitable traumas and losses. We can’t escape them, as they are part of the human experience and they impact us on many levels. Because of this, his view is that we should all be open and accepting of those who need help, because we’re one community in this “crazy” world, all fighting our own unique, but often similar, battles.