Mental Well-Being

Supporting students and families, providing resources for mental well-being.

Free Bear Care Mental Wellness Support Line

The Free Bear Care Mental Wellness Support Line is now available to connect parents to resources that can meet the mental wellness needs of their children ages birth-age 21.

Support Hub

The Support Hub serves as a place for families and community members to access information they may need for essential services. This support provides important information regarding crisis services, basic needs, mental health and well-being, physical health, social emotional learning and more.

Staff & Community Mental Well-Being Series

District staff and families are invited to attend presentations sponsored by the district, in conjunction with district partners, that are focused on mental well-being throughout the school year. Information about each session will be available and linked below no later than one week before each event.

Upcoming 2021-2022 Series Sessions

Completed Sessions

Upcoming Presentations

District Center: Boardroom & Virtual

Trauma is a buzz word in society today, but what truly is trauma? This presentation will give you a better understanding on what trauma is and how it presents in our children today. We will dive into common symptoms and begin the process of understanding how the brain is impacted by trauma. This presentation will offer solutions that could help aid in the process of healing. Trauma is all around us, this presentation will make those conversations easier and symptoms better to understand. Let's start the conversation.

Speaker BIO: Jenna Kamholz is a Minnesota Licensed Profession Clinical Counselor. Jenna is currently working at PrairieCare Partial Hospitalization Program in Maplewood, MN. Jenna's clinical practice and certifications center around trauma and children's mental health. Jenna is trained in trauma practices and values education and the understanding on how the brain is impacted by traumatic events. Jenna has worked in a variety of different settings including inpatient hospital, schools and partial hospital programs. Jenna's passions include working with children and understanding their world view, while helping families and teachers better understand how children are behaving.

The Google Meet link can be found HERE.

The live captioning link can be found HERE.

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WBLAS North Campus Theatre & Virtual

Anxiety and School Refusal: During this presentation, there will be a discussion on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on children's and teens' experiences of anxiety and difficulties related to school attendance. The presenter will give a brief overview to attendees on anxiety and common signs and symptoms in children and adolescents as well as possible reasons for lack of attendance and school refusal. The presenter will then offer strategies that can be useful in working with anxious youth and ways to encourage and motivate school attendance and engagement based on strategies used with previous clients as they transitioned back to school.

Speaker Bio: Kara Haugen is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) who has over 7 years of experience in the field working with children, adolescents and families dealing with mental health concerns. Kara has worked in a variety of settings, including schools, hospitals, residential treatment centers, day treatment and partial hospitalization. Kara has a passion for working with youth and families to identify strengths and how these can be utilized to promote the best functioning for each client. Kara has additional training in the areas of trauma, attachment, and youth who have been adopted or part of the foster care system.

The Google Meet link can be found HERE.

The live captioning link can be found HERE.

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Mental Well-Being Newsletter

The White Bear Lake Area Schools Social Work Team publishes a quarterly Mental Well-being Newsletter, "The Bear Facts." See the latest issue here.

Fall 2019
Fall 2018