Current Events

Below you will find information about current events and information from our monthly newsletter.

The WV ESMH Initiative exists so that every student in West Virginia can benefit from a school environment that supports social and emotional wellbeing to achieve his or her full potential. We hope these resources help accomplish that mission. 

Motivation in Mental Health Recovery – Apr 11

Motivation in Mental Health Recovery – Apr 11

This 2-hour webinar will focus on enhancing participants’ ability to improve an individual's motivation and engagement in treatment. Participants will learn ways to empower their clients to change by drawing out their meaning, importance, and capacity for change. The...

Southern Highlands Embraces SHAPE

Southern Highlands Embraces SHAPE

On January 9 and February 6, Katie Williamson and Marvin Lockett of Southern Highlands Community Mental Health Center (SHCMHC) met with the Leadership Team at Welch Elementary in McDowell County to review the School Health Assessment and Performance Evaluation (SHAPE)...

Unlocking the Teenage Brain – Mar 28

Unlocking the Teenage Brain – Mar 28

When: Mar 28, 2024, 2:00 PM Eastern The teenage years are a period of massive growth and development in the brain that shapes behavior, decision-making, and social status. Understanding teenagers' brains can help us deepen the impact of our programming and create more...

I Am Not My Diagnosis – March 14

I Am Not My Diagnosis – March 14

In this presentation, we will explore the dual nature of diagnosis as both helpful tools in healthcare and limiting labels that can impact self-perception and societal perception. We will examine the limitations of defining oneself or someone solely by a diagnosis and...

De-escalation Training – March 13

De-escalation Training – March 13

When: 2:15-4:30pm, March 13, 2024 Register here De-escalation during a mental health crisis is a very difficult skill set and starts with the worker calming themselves and maintaining their composure as they move toward the situation. Fear elicits a threat response in...

Understanding Personality Disorders – Feb 7

Understanding Personality Disorders – Feb 7

When: Wednesday, February 7, 11am Eastern Personality describes everything about you, and personality disorders can be challenging to manage. In addition to dealing with the illness itself, people often struggle with the myths and stigma surrounding personality...