Bright Nights Community Forum:The Impact of Academic Stress on Student Mental Health

Tuesday September 30, 2014: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: 4th Floor Meeting Room

Some level of stress is a part of everyone’s life, but almost 40 percent of parents say their high-school student is experiencing a great deal of stress from school, according to an NPR poll conducted with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health. In most cases, that stress is from academics, not social issues or bullying, the poll found. Teenagers say they're suffering, too. A study by the American Psychological Association found that nearly half of all teens — 45 percent — said they were stressed by school pressures.

“Everyday stress” is a normal reaction to a variety of situations that we encounter in the real world, and can even be beneficial, motivating us to accomplish a task, or to avoid a situation that might be harmful. However chronic stress can lead to long-term health issues, affecting both physical and mental health – and can also negatively impact school performance, extracurricular activities, and relationships with family and friends. While it’s not possible to completely remove all of the stress from our lives, the good news is that there are strategies that students (and their parents!) can use to help manage their stress and improve academic performance.

To learn more about the impact of academic stress on student mental health, including strategies to prevent and manage stress, the University of Michigan Depression Center and the Ann Arbor District Library will present a Bright Nights community forum entitled, “The Impact of Academic Stress on Student Mental Health” on Tuesday, September 30, from 7:00-8:30 p.m. in the 4th Floor Meeting Room of the downtown Ann Arbor District Library (corner of S. Fifth Ave. and William).

Elizabeth Koschmann, PhD, Research Investigator in the U-M Department of Psychiatry and a member of the U-M Depression Center, will give a brief overview presentation outlining the connections between stress, anxiety and depression, and providing useful strategies to help relieve stress. This will be followed by questions and discussion with a panel of experts including Kate Fitzgerald, MD, Assistant Professor, U-M Department of Psychiatry; Amy McLoughlin, EdM, Counselor at Skyline High School; and Tom Atkins, MD, a private practice clinician in Ann Arbor.

Bright Nights is open to the public and there is no charge for attendance. For more information, please visit the Depression Center website at www.depressioncenter.org, or contact Trish Meyer, 763-7495, or meyerpa@umich.edu

Preschool Storytimes

Wednesday October 1, 2014: 10:00 am to 10:30 am -- Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room

Join us for stories and songs for listeners age 2 to 5 years, accompanied by an adult. Siblings are welcome.

Preschool Storytimes

Wednesday October 1, 2014: 11:00 am to 11:30 am -- Downtown Library: Youth Story Corner

Join us for stories and songs for listeners age 2 to 5 years, accompanied by an adult. Siblings are welcome.

Playgroups

Wednesday October 1, 2014: 11:00 am to 12:00 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

This is a time for babies up to 24 months and their grown-ups to gather and play. The Library will provide the space and a variety of toys.

Each playgroup includes 15 minutes of stories, rhymes and songs. Parents/guardians must remain with their children.

No older siblings, please.

Circle K Homework Help

Wednesday October 1, 2014: 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Youth Story Corner

This event is intended for Grades K - 12.

Need help with homework? Students in grades K-12 can get homework help at AADL, provided by volunteers for the University of Michigan chapter of Circle K. No appointment necessary - just drop by!

Preschool Storytimes

Wednesday October 1, 2014: 6:00 pm to 6:30 pm -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

Join us for stories and songs for listeners age 2 to 5 years, accompanied by an adult. Siblings are welcome.

Preschool Storytimes

Thursday October 2, 2014: 10:00 am to 10:30 am -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

Join us for stories and songs for listeners age 2 to 5 years, accompanied by an adult. Siblings are welcome.

Playgroups

Thursday October 2, 2014: 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm -- Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room

This is a time for babies up to 24 months and their grown-ups to gather and play. The Library will provide the space and a variety of toys.

Each playgroup includes 15 minutes of stories, rhymes and songs. Parents/guardians must remain with their children.

No older siblings, please.

Emerging Writer's Workshop: What To Talk About When You Talk About Your Book

Thursday October 2, 2014: 7:00 pm to 8:45 pm -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for Teens in Grades 6-12 and Adults

How do you tell others about your book? Is there a way to sum up an entire book without getting bogged down in detail or leaving out the main point? In “What To Talk About When You Talk About Your Book,” authors Margaret Yang and Lara Zielin will cover the essential documents every writer needs: query letters, synopses, log lines and blurbs. Join us for this Emerging Writers Workshop, featuring perspectives from indie and traditional publishing.

College Night: Solving the College Admissions Puzzle

Thursday October 2, 2014: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This event is intended for grade 9 to adult.

Applying to college? This event is for you: AADL's 8th annual College Night with the co-authors of "Solving the College Admissions Puzzle: A Guide for Students and Families About College Selection, Essay Writing, and High-Stakes Testing." Learn how to reduce your stress and increase your chances for success from the three experts of collegeadmissionsadvisors.com.

Community High's college prep counselor John Boshoven, M.A., M.S.W. will help you understand how to find the college that fits; Essay Coaching founder Debbie Merion, M.S.W, M.F.A. explains how to write a winning college application essay, and Managing Your Mind principal Geri Markel Ph.D. will provide tips about how to score your highest on tests such as the ACT and SAT, all to be followed by Q and A. Books will be for sale.