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Project AWARE to meet Oct. 6 about mental health and more

GILLETTE, Wyo. — Campbell County School District will review mental health topics including sleep and social media at a parent community education meeting on Oct. 6.

The event will take place at Hillcrest Elementary, 1500 Butler-Spaeth Road. There will be free child care and dinner, a flier said. Dinner will be served at 5:45 p.m. A presentation will run from 6 to 7 p.m., and a question and answer session will follow.

Other topics that evening include childhood mental health strategies, gaming, technology, routines and elementary development.

When they register, parents can indicate whether their children are in elementary school, middle school or high school. The online registration form is here.

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services’ Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration awarded the Wyoming Department of Education a five-year grant in August 2020 to produce Project AWARE in three Wyoming school districts. Campbell County is one of those school districts.

The project supports the Campbell community’s mental health services and reduces financial and transportation barriers to care. It provides education on substance abuse mental health services and violence prevention and fosters collaboration among community members.

Campbell County School District’s board tonight approved agreements with Sylvestri Customization for Aware Vaping, Underage Drinking, and Bullying Campaign, Project Aware Program Support Materials and Mental Health Social Norming Campaign Agreement as part of its consent agenda. Combined, the three proposals’ pricing is $17,100. The AWARE grant pays for these projects.

Project AWARE has services in Campbell, Carbon, Fremont, Park, Sweetwater and Uinta school districts, the Wyoming Department of Education said.