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Wellness Programs


Use this page as your "go to" source to find frequently updated schedules and information about upcoming Wellness Events, Programs and Services for students, families and community members, and staff.  We hope that you will take advantage of these opportunities for social and emotional support!


Monthly Wellness Academy Webinars

In 2021-2022, Lisa Athan from Grief Speaks will be holding monthly Wellness Academy webinars for families and school community members to learn more about various topics related to social and emotional well-being.  See the schedule of topics and joining information below: 



Title: Welcome Back! Supporting Your Child’s Transition Back to School

Description: This session focuses on how parents/guardians can work with children as they transition back to school in person.  Some students attended in person last year and others did not, how do you gauge the needs of your child?  How do you empathize and validate your child’s fears and concerns while motivating them to return?  How can parents/guardians help build resilience and coping skills in children and teenagers?

Program recording available by clicking here! 


Title: Build your Knowledge - How to Recognize Anxiety and Depression Symptoms, Suicide Prevention & Awareness 

Description: During this educational presentation, Lisa Athan will educate families about the clinical definitions of Anxiety and Depression, as well as go over what signs to look for in others that may indicate the presence of a mental health issue.  We will also discuss ways to obtain treatment at various levels of care for your child or teenager and how you can help to reduce the stigma around seeking mental health treatment.  Importantly, Lisa will also review suicide prevention and awareness information so that families can learn how to be aware of risk factors and reduce them when possible, and how to to increase protective factors.  Lisa will also talk about what to do if you believe another person is in danger of self-harm and provide emergency resources.  

Program recording available by clicking here! 


Title: Connect & Respect - How to Support your Child in Reconnecting with Peers and Adults

Description:  This session focuses on how parents/guardians can work with their children to teach them the social skills necessary to build relationships with peers, as well as how to identify important adults in their life and learn how to connect with them in a comfortable, safe, and age-appropriate manner.  How to encourage help seeking behavior is also discussed.

Program recording available by clicking here!


Title: You Can’t Pour From an Empty Cup - Practicing Wellness and Self-Care to Effectively Manage and Enjoy the Holiday Season 

Description: What is self-care and why is it important, especially around the holiday season?  What are some manageable, practical ways that adults can incorporate self-care into their own lives and model that behavior for our families?  What does practicing wellness and self-care look like for teens and children?  Join us to discuss strategies for maintaining wellness and managing common triggers. 

Program recording available by clicking here!


Title: The Balancing Act - How to Foster Time Management and Study Skills with a Busy Schedule
Description: Strategies to support children in learning time management and ways to balance school, family, friends, sports and other extracurricular activities while finding time to recharge.

Program recording available by clicking here!




Title: Technology, Grief, Suicide and Our Youth Today: The influence of Technology on Our Children's Mental Health

Description: Did you know that research confirms that too much use of the smartphone, tablet, or other mobile devices present as risk factors for children’s mental health. Just an hour a day can make children more susceptible towards anxiety or depression. It also contributes to decreased emotional regulation, social connections and executive functioning skills. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends less than 1-2 hours of entertainment screen time a day.

While we can't remove technology, there are proactive things we can do to support our children's mental health. Join us for this important session to learn more about the influence of technology on children’s mental health and ways to foster well being. 

Program Recording Available by clicking here.


Peer Support Groups from Imagine

Imagine, A Center for Coping with Loss, offers free peer support groups for students ages 3-18 who are coping with a loss due to death or are coping with a family member who has a life-altering illness.  Support is provided to parents and families as well.  Please click here to learn more and to schedule an orientation, the first step in getting support for you and your family. 

Pre-Recorded Wellness Programming + Suicide Awareness & Prevention Presentations

Please check back to our site frequently!  In this section, we will be posting resources and videos below: 

Recording of "Be Well" Presentation from NPS Elementary School Counselors

Pre-Recorded Webinar from Imagine on Supporting Students: Grief & Loss 

Elementary Parent Suicide Awareness & Prevention Training

JHWMS Parent Suicide Awareness & Prevention Training

NHS Parent Suicide Awareness & Prevention Training 



The Nutley School District serves approximately 4,100 students in Kindergarten through grade 12. The five elementary schools serve students K-6 and include Lincoln School, Radcliffe School, Spring Garden School, Washington School and Yantacaw School. John H. Walker Middle School serves students in grades 7-8 while Nutley High School addresses the needs of students in grades 9-12.