Mental Health Help For Students and Educators

Date: Wednesday December 13, 2023

This event presented by our generous supporters and host:

  • Speaker Supporters:  Magellan Health (contact Aubrey Proud. Director Communications and Community Relations,
  • Panel Supporters:  Vesper Energy (contact EJ Fyke, Manager. Community Affairs
  • Host Facility:  Grove City Intermediate Unit IV

Location: Virtual or In Person

In Person Location:  Intermediate Unit IV, 453 Maple Street, Grove City, PA  16127

Time: Sign in begins at 12:45 PM Wrap up 3: 15 PM


This event is designed to meet the needs of Superintendents, Counselors, Administrators, Teachers, Students, College Professors, and everyone who is interested in students being successful.


John G. Lees, MSW, LSW, Member & Family Advocate for Magellan Behavioral Health of Pennsylvania

John has been the Member & Family Advocate at Magellan of PA since 2016.  In this role, John serves the Lehigh and Northampton counties as a point of connection between Magellan and members, their families, and other support individuals. John can also help to educate members about Magellan, advocate to meet their treatment needs, and help them navigate services.  As a licensed social worker for over 23 years, John has experience working in a variety of settings, including outpatient behavioral health, residential treatment facilities, crisis intervention, juvenile detention, and schools. This experience provides him with a well-rounded approach to members’ and providers’ needs.  John has been with Magellan of PA since 2004 working in a variety of roles including Clinical Care Management Supervisor and Director of Training.  John is also the Chairman of the Magellan Autism Action Committee and Host of the new “Behavioral Health Matters Podcast” by Magellan of PA.

Presentation:  The Behavioral Health Matters Podcast

During this session John will provide an overview of the new Behavioral Health Matters Podcast and some of the topics covered.  The Podcast’s Purpose:

  • Promote positive mental health.
  • Increase your understanding of behavioral health topics and services.
  • Reduce stigma of behavioral health issues

Bryda L. Drumm LSW, H&SV, School Social Worker PK–12

Bryda Drumm is a Licensed Social Worker and Certified School Social Worker. Additionally, Bryda is certified as a National Social Emotional Learning Trainer through LionsQuest Inc. For over 17 years, Bryda has utilized her social worker degree, training, and knowledge while working for Midwestern Intermediate Unit IV. During her career at MIU IV, she has supported numerous children from ages 3-21 within a wide variety of educational settings with even wider educational, social, and emotional needs. Not only has she worked directly with students in the 27 school districts within Butler, Lawrence, and Mercer counties, but also with the students’ families, educational staff, and outside agency support staff.

At Midwestern Intermediate Unit IV, Bryda also has the role of a regional trainer in the areas of social emotional learning, suicide prevention, recognizing and reporting child abuse, returning to school following a brain injury, safety care, and de-escalation.

Presentation Title– A Brief Overview of Mental Health in the Classroom

This session provides a brief overview of common childhood mental health diagnoses. Participants will learn signs and symptoms of common mental health conditions and explore strategies to support students in the classroom.

Participants will:

  • Learn common childhood mental health diagnoses and statistics
  • Recognize signs and symptoms of some mental health behaviors within the classroom
  • Explore and identify strategies to support all student in the classroom


The final part of the event will be an ALL-STAR Panel discussion.


Participants are encouraged to submit questions in advance. Questions must be submitted no later than December 5. Email them to  By submitting questions you will help design the agenda. We want to meet your needs.

When you register, please tell me if you are attending in person or virtually. Simply write virtual or in person on the registration form under Special Needs or Requests.  Meeting links will be sent prior to the event for those who indicate they will join virtually.

If you have difficulty registering online simply answer the questions and email them to or call Herb Hunt at 724.494.0968 Register early the number of participants may be limited. You will be notified that your registration has been received.

This is a timely topic and is designed to be participant friendly. One of the goals of all events is to “Build Partnerships for Student Success”.

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