WEST LONG BRANCH, NJ - Monmouth University’s School of Social Work, and the Counseling and Psychological Services Program, in partnership with Shore House invites you to attend the panel discussion Safe Crossings: Proactive Planning in College Students’ Behavioral Health.  Professionals in the related fields of education, psychiatry, and counseling will present and discuss how to prepare for and what to expect in regard to successfully traversing the transition for the student entering college. Discussion will include “red flags” in regard to issues of behavioral health, what systems are in place to support this transition and how best to utilize them, and how to maximize the potential for students to maintain mental stability that encourages personal stability and academic achievement while in college.

Successful transitions from home to college depends upon well informed and coordinated efforts on the part of parents, school staff and administration, community service providers, and students.  The National Alliance on Mental Illness (2015) reports that one in four young adults between the ages of 18 and 24 have a diagnosable mental illness. While school and campus-based behavioral health services exist, more than 45% of young adults who stop their schooling due to behavioral health issues do not make use of these services which are often included in tuition and can include the more common conditions of loneliness, home-sickness, depression, and anxiety.

Shore House, located in Long Branch, NJ, is an organization dedicated to improving the lives of adults living with mental illness through its member led programs, resources and supportive services.

Monmouth University was awarded the 2013 JedCampus Seal from The Jed Foundation, recognizing excellence in comprehensive mental health promotion and suicide prevention programming on campus. Monmouth University shares this honor with a small handful of universities, including Columbia University, Cornell University, Emory University, New York University, Tulane University, and Yale University. Monmouth University remains committed to maintaining, expanding and enhancing campus mental health programs and services.

Panel Participants:

Dr. Franca Mancini, Director of Counseling and Psychological Services, Monmouth University

Dr. Elena Mazza, Associate Professor, Monmouth University Graduate School of Social Work

Dr. Sobha Chottera , Medical Director, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, Monmouth Medical Center

Dr. Suzanne Fico, Student Assistance Counselor, at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School

Discussion Moderator: Lisa Klem Wilson, VP of Shore House, Former Media Executive



When: Monday, March 23, 2015, 6:00 to 7:00

Where: Wilson Hall Auditorium, Monmouth University

Free to the Public (donation suggested)