Mental Health In the Park


Where: Aquila Elementary School, Media Center – 8500 W. 31st St. St. Louis Park, MN 55426
Time:  6:30pm – 8:30pm 

Mental Health in the Park is open to all parents, caregivers, and staff.  Presentation from 6:30-8pm, stay until 8:30pm if you would like to continue the conversation, seek support, or to share resources.

Octocber 4th, 2016 –Marc Markell “Grief in Youth”
Marc is a professor of special education at St. Cloud State University. He will be discussing how the grief is not only experienced after the death of a significant person, but also as a result of emotional, cognitive and behavioral challenges. This presentation will address grief reactions and grief myths.

November 1st, 2016 – Barb Andrus “Electronic Addiction: How To Break Free From Battles Over Screens”
Have you ever tried to limit electronics but then given in because your child wouldn’t stop badgering you? Do you feel guilty for sometimes “giving in” so your child is entertained rather than complaining? There is a REAL “addictive” quality to electronics and a proven, step-by-step protocol to restore health and harmony to families. In this interactive presentation, you will receive solutions from the Free Your Family from Electronic Addiction protocol that are key to having a calmer, more cooperative child with healthy boundaries around electronic usage.

January 3rd, 2017 – Kristi Pink, MPH, RD, LN “Nutrition for Brain Health”
Come learn how your nutritional choices directly impact the health of your brain; from depression to ADHD to memory and more.  Learn how simple changes can make a big impact on your health and that of your family.

February 7th, 2017 – Samantha Moe, MA, SLP, Parent Coach “How to stop the fighting, yelling, and frustration”
Discover why your child pushes your limits, tries to control everything, and how you can transform your home into an enjoyable space rather than a war zone. In this interactive presentation you will receive solutions from the Mad2Glad BlueprintTM that are key to having a calmer, more cooperative child and restoring your sanity.

March 7th, 2017 – Anna Bohlinger, PhD, LMFT “See, Speak, Seek: Noticing and Helping Kids and Teens with Depression”
About 11% of children and teenagers experience depression each year (National Institutes on Mental Health, 2014). In this presentation, participants will learn about signs of depression, ways to talk with their children and others about it, and ways to help kids in their communities get help and feel better.

April 4th, 2017 – Accessing mental health care
Join us for a panel discussion on the levels of care within mental health care.  Panel will include representatives from school, outpatient providers, and inpatient care.  Questions are encouraged!
Speakers and topics are subject to change.

Certificate of Attendance will be provided for those seeking continuing education hours.

Sponsors: PrairieCare, St. Louis Park Public Schools, Health in the Park, Park Nicollet Foundation,  and District 283 Community Education.


For any questions please contact Kristin Dostal or Kjirsten Hanson.