Livingston Schools & Community Organizations Jointly Present Two Programs About Depression & Cyber-bullying – November 19th and December 2nd

by: Robert Allen Sunday, November 15th, 2009

On November 19th in the LHS Auditorium (7:30 p.m.), the Jewish Family Service of MetroWest will join the Got Blue Collaborative in presenting “Keeping Kids Healthy: Navigating the Emotional Well-Being of Teens and Young Adults.” Guest speakers Alison Malmon and Jess Shatkin, M.D. will discuss responses to stigma and mental health struggles, the uniqueness and vulnerabilities of depression in adolescence, stigma as it affects college students and mental health issues and trends in college age students. Guest panelists will include a high school  guidance counselor, college clinical counselor, human resource professional and a student who experienced depression. Preregistration  is required. To register or for more information, please call Sylvia Heller at JFS at 973-765-9050 x262, e-mail or visit the website

On November 25th and December 11th, students attending Heritage Middle School (11/25) and Mount Pleasant Middle School (12/11). respectively, will have the opportunity to view a cyber-bullying program called In Real Life (IRL) by R.N. Sandberg and performed by George Street Playhouse. This is a compelling performance about the complex world of cyber-bullying and its “real life” consequences when social-networking circumstances spiral out of control.

In Real Life tells the story of two students who find their feud surfacing on friends’ cell phones, e-mails, and the web. Insecurity, fear and humiliation surround their every move. From shared texts. exploited secret photos and threatening on-line conversations, cyber-bullying reaches every facet of the students’ lives and leads to consequences everyone needs to face. In this play, students will be faced with the choice to stand-up for a friend, find the power to confront a bad situation and walk-away, and begin the discussion on how to take an active role in ending cyber-bullying. The performance ends with an open forum for questions and answers between the audience, performers, school administrators and D.A.R.E. officers.

Parents-Save the Date: December 2nd in the Heritage Middle School Auditorium (7:30 p.m.) Parents will have the chance to seet he IRL performance and participate in a workshop and discussion on how to keep their children safe from cyber-bullying, what they should do if their child ib being cyber-bullied  or if their child is the cyber-bully.  Let’s work together to stop cyber-bullying NOW!  This is a collaborative program by D.A.R.E., Livingston Youth and Community Services (LYCS), Livingston Municipal Alliance (LYCS) and the HSAs of Moumt Pleasant Midddle and Heritage Middle Schools. For further information, please contact Gary Mankowitz, D.A.R.E. and Community Policing at 973-992-3000 x2300 or e-mail or call Susan Ridley, LYCS Director at 973-535-2646 (LYCS) or e-mail or visiit the website

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