BAD AXE — The Huron County Great Start Parent Coalition will host a two-day seminar in November, with sessions available via Zoom, giving parents and caregivers the opportunity to learn about the harmful effects of bullying and the importance of mental health.
This two-part series is scheduled to take place Nov. 12 and Nov. 19, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Both sessions will be held via Zoom, in an effort to adapt to pandemic precautions.
“The issues that we are addressing are applicable in any community,” said Jessica Volmering, the event’s parent liaison. “The importance of mental health is even more prevalent right now, during a pandemic.”
These seminars are funded through Trusted Advisor Grants, which specifically fund Great Start Parent Coalitions through Intermediate School Districts. The funds are designated for the design and implement of outreach and support activities for families.
The Huron County Great Start Parent Coalition works though the Huron Intermediate School District to provide Upper Thumb families with important resources and classes.
According to Volmering, the topic of bullying and mental health was one of many suggested by parents across Huron County. Last year the organization held a similar class for handling stress and trauma training.
According to the event flier, there is a $100 stipend available for the first 40 parents who RSVP for the seminars and attend both sessions. This stipend is intended to cover childcare that would normally be provided at in-person seminars. Free gas cards will also be available for parents and caregivers who attend both meetings.
The featured speaker for these events will be Dr. Natalie Nugent, a licensed clinical psychologist and the chief operating officer and clinical director at Huron Behavioral Health.
“Our goal with this series is to make resources available to parents and caregivers who may be dealing with the effects of bullying and poor mental health during a pandemic,” Volmering said. “Like the flier says, parenting is hard, and stress happens, but you’re not alone.”
“I’m hoping to schedule three more classes with Natalie next year, focusing on these same issues,” she added.
Parents, caregivers, or grandparents interested in taking part in this two-part series can RSVP with Jessica Volmering at 989-269-3493 or email@example.com.