Wayzata Public Schools

Meeting Updates

All are welcome.  Please join us, share with colleagues and community members.  

December 12 Partners Meeting:  Plymouth Police and Vitals App Services ; YMCA Homeless Program. 

Meeting Minutes.  

Next Meeting:

Wednesday, January 16, 3:00-4:30 p.m.  NOTE - 15 MINUTES LONGER.  Plymouth Library

Topic:  Suicide Awareness and Prevention:  QPR Training - Question, Persuade, Refer

Melissa Dau, Youth Suicide Prevention Coordinator, Minnesota Department of Health.


Community  Updates and Events

The following updates and events are shared from the many partners in our community.  If you have something you would like to share,  please contact catherine@partnersforhealthykids.org



Partners in Prevention is excited to introduce Mind Your Melon, a new campaign for Wayzata students. The campaign will focus on brain development to help students truly understand how much control they have over their brain health and to empower them to take care of their melons.

More Info.

Parent Catalyst Leadership Group (PCLG) is a group of parents and caregivers of children with diagnosed mental health conditions in Hennepin County.


PCLG plays an important role in helping Hennepin County providers, educators and policymakers improve mental health services for children.


PCLG provides opportunities for parents to network, give and gain support, learn, advocate, and lead:


PCLG December Newsletter

National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention

The nation's public-private partnership for suicide prevention.  They aim to advance the national strategy for suicide prevention which represents a comprehensive, long-term approach to suicide prevention.  National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention supports community-based efforts to implement effective suicide prevention strategies.


Check out their NEW Website 

News and updates from Hennepin County Public Health: 


The Explosion of Youth E-Cigarette Use at School.  For the first time since 2000, overall youth tobacco use has increased in Minnesota.  


 The Minnesota Department of Health responded to this alarming data by issuing a Nicotine and the Escalating Risk of Addiction for Youth health advisory in October 2018.


Resources for schools:  ECigarette Toolkit 

Minnesota Association for Children's Mental Health  Winter Training Series 

From Child Trends:  Washington Post features Annie E. Casey Foundation report on youth aging out of foster care.  Support the forgotten adolescents who "age" out of foster care. 

Relate TrueYou Support Group

Starting February 2019

A 10 -week, skills based program designed to explore individual identity and build resiliency. Drawing from the latest evidence based research in heart, mind and body integration, participants will spend each week learning tools and techniques to support their holistic health and development. Topics include everyday mindfulness, movement and yoga, sleep, nutrition, and cultivating nurturing relationships. For more information, contact Amanda Sullivan, MSW, LICSW, at asullivan@relatemn.org.

ACEs: Trauma Informed & Behavior Management 

As we move toward becoming a more trauma sensitive community we share current research and community conversations so we all stay informed and involved.   

Please share with colleagues and the community 


Adversity is only one part of the equation. Children may also have their own characteristics and experiences that protect them and help them develop resilience despite exposure to ACEs. Resilience is positive adaptation within the context of significant adversity. In the face of adversity, neither resilience nor disease is a certain outcome. 


Understanding ACEs Flyer


Nadine Burke Harris spoke on Childhood Trauma during a recent TED Talk.


The Rollins Center for Language & Literacy at the Atlanta Speech School shared  their Every Opportunity video illustrating how to give every child the opportunity to find their voice.  Forward to a friend.  



Everyone gets stressed.  Change to Chill is here to help you figure out what stress is, what causes it and how you can manage it.  This is a great website for educators, professionals,  and families to help our youth learn resilience.

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FREE resources for parents, educators and adults to positively impact the mental health of someone they care about.
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Greetings -


We hope you find useful information in this newsletter. Thanks for taking the time to review all the great resources we have to share in our community. 


Please feel free to share with a friend.  All are welcome at our monthly meetings.  If you have any questions or comments you can reach me below.  


Best wishes for a happy, healthy New Year. 


Catherine Christiansen

Coordinator, Partners for Healthy Kids 



Visit partnersforhealthykids.org for more information.

Serving kids and families in Wayzata Public Schools.

We bring together leaders from the education, healthcare, business, non-profit, religious, and civic sectors to support the health and well-being of Wayzata Public Schools' kids and their families. Visit partnersforhealthykids.org for more information.

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