Free 8-week speaker series for parents addresses mental health, substance use

The CAYAC (Child, Adolescent and Young Adult Connections) Team at Connections is hosting a free eight-week, drop-in parent-education speaker series on mental health and substance use Wednesdays, Feb. 22 through April 19, 5:30-6:30 p.m., at the CAYAC office, 1302 S. Shields St., A1-3, Fort Collins.

Topics include:

Feb. 22 — What are psychiatrists, psychologists and therapists?
Jan Warner, NP, Mountain Crest and CAYAC

March 1 — Navigating the School System and CAYAC
Sharon Kreider, Poudre School District and CAYAC

March 8 — Anxiety
Marybeth Rigali-Oiler, Ph.D, Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychologist

March 22 — Substance Use in Schools
Sgt. Jarad Sargent, Fort Collins Police Department

March 29 — ADD and ADHD
Marybeth Rigali-Oiler, Ph.D., Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychologist

April 5— Sexuality and LGBTQ Issues
Kimberly Chambers, NoCo Splash

April 12 — Depression and Suicide
Elizabeth Sutphin, Connections and CAYAC

April 19 — Cutting
Kristen Cochran-Ward, Connections and CAYAC

Participants can attend single sessions or the whole series. There is no charge, but reservations are required. Dinner is provided.

For more information or to reserve a space, email Katherine,

CAYAC is a service of Connections, a partnership of the Health District of Northern Larimer County and SummitStone Health Partners providing answers, options and support for mental health and substance use challenges. The CAYAC Team includes staff from the Health District, SummitStone Health Partners and Poudre School District.

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