North Salem Central School District stakeholders — including parents, students, faculty, administrators and community members — came together on Nov. 18 for an important community conversation.

“More than 70 people explored how mental health problems are affecting our community and discussed topics related to the mental health of young people,” said Assistant Superintendent MaryJo Hauser, who serves as chair of the district’s Mental Health Awareness Team.

Participants viewed several videos examining the stigma of mental health issues and were presented an overview of mental health terms, including anxiety disorders, mental health promotion and recovery support services.

Those in attendance then broke into small groups to discuss key questions presented by the mental health awareness team.

“Participants were extremely enthusiastic and positive and requested additional meetings,” said Hauser. “Those in attendance noted that this community conversation was a good start to building awareness and talking about mental health in the North Salem community.”