Did you know that ….
- Suicide is the 2nd ranking cause of death for individuals 15-24 years of age.
- 1 in 5 children struggle with significant mental health challenges. 80% of those children never receive the treatment and care they need.
- Nearly 1 in 3 students report being bullied.
- Anxiety disorders tend to emerge earlier than other types of mental illness, with a median age of onset of 11-years-old.
At times, we might chalk up a behavior problem to adolescence or maybe a bad day. But many times are children are facing big emotions and thoughts while only showing small symptoms. It can be hard to even consider that are 15-year-old might be considering suicide or our 11-year-old might be feeling serious anxiety. But those are very real challenges and as a school we want to partner with you to engage in these important topics.
Raising healthy students who excel academically, grow spiritually, and develop mentally is a top priority for us. Join us as we hear from top speaker and expert, John Damon, on the issue of mental health in children.
Parenting Seminar: Emotional Management
November 7, 2017
John Damon, Ph.D.
Chief Executive Officer
Canopy Children’s Services
John’s clinical and executive leadership experience spans more than 25 years. Joining Canopy in 1993, he began as a therapist at the CARES Center Jackson. He went on to become Clinical Director and serve in the capacity of CARES Center Director and Chief Operating Officer before transitioning to CEO in 2013. As the primary public figure for the organization, John plays a critical role in fostering relationships between Canopy and other leading healthcare providers, political entities and professional thought leaders and organizations.
He is president of the Mississippi Association of Child Caring Agencies, past president and board member for the National Association for Children’s Behavioral Health in Washington, D.C., and past president of the board of directors for the Behavioral Health Society of the Mississippi Hospital Association. In 2013 he was appointed to the Mississippi Autism Advisory Committee and serves on the Mississippi Children’s Justice Commission. He has also served on other committees including the Governor’s Healthcare Task Force, the Mental Health Task Force (chair), and Mississippi’s Children’s Mental Health Task Force. John has taught as an adjunct professor in both undergraduate and graduate academic institutions and has presented to the U.S. Senate Caucus Committee as well as state, regional and national audiences on foster care, mental health and substance abuse. John is a published author where his work has appeared in numerous books and peer reviewed journals for children’s behavioral health.
John holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Mississippi College, a Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy from Reformed Theological Seminary, and earned his doctorate in Philosophy in Clinical Psychology from Jackson State University. He completed his residency in Child Psychology at University of Mississippi Medical Center.
John and his wife are proud parents of five children. They attend Broadmoor Baptist Church and reside in Madison, Mississippi.