In the wake of a number of suicides in the United States by teenagers who have been bullied by classmates, Behavioral Health Associates continues its anti-bullying initiative with a special presentation in conjunction with the Weatherly Area School District and the Weatherly Area Parent Teacher Association. This informative session is open to the public.

"In & Beyond the Schoolyard Addressing Bullying as a Community Issue" will be presented Monday, Nov. 14, at 6 pm in the Weatherly Area Middle School cafeteria.

The panel of experts includes Weatherly Police Chief Brian Markovchick and officer Mike Bogart; Weatherly Area School District Superintendent Tom McLaughlin, elementary and middle school Principal Sandra Slavick, school nurse Rebekah McFadden; Carbon County Deputy Chief Juvenile Probation Officer Kimmy Mulik; Director of Education of Behavioral Health Associates Michele Titus; and Dr. Helene Katz, a licensed staff psychologist with Behavioral Health Associates and key organizer of BHA's county-wide anti-bullying initiative.

The panelists will identify warning signs that indicate your child may be a victim of bullying. They will discuss how to access help from your child's school, as well as what to do if your child is being bullied in the community.

Donnell Stump, Weatherly Area School District PTA president, and Dr. Helene Katz encourage all parents, teachers, caregivers, skilled workers and professionals who work with school age children to attend. There will also be a short question and answer session for attendees.

Behavioral Health Associates is a non-profit healthcare foundation based in the greater Lehighton area.

For additional information contact Stump at 579-8801 or email stumpd@weatherlysd.org.