September 29, 2021 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Back to School: Navigating a New Normal will be three virtual panel discussions on mental health and wellness resources and student supports on Sept. 29 (elementary and middle school), Oct. 6 (high school), and Oct. 13 (university and higher education) all from 6 – 7 pm.

As part of WBFO’s Mental Health Initiative, Buffalo Toronto Public Media will present a three-part virtual series exploring the stressors and available resources for students, teachers, and faculty returning to in-person classrooms in the fall. Academic transitions present challenges for students, teachers, and parents and these pressures are heightened by new routines under the pandemic. Increased isolation has been difficult for many families, especially children. Effects of the pandemic can be associated with higher levels of anxiety and depression.

This virtual discussion series will explore topics related to the reintegration of students and faculty into in-person learning. Topics include mental health and behavioral supports in schools, resources for parents, caregivers and families, and support and training for faculty and staff. The panels at each event will offer information on mental health resources and services. Additionally, audience and participant questions will be addressed as time allows.