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Central Catholic's Student Wellness Series

For Students, Parents, & Educators

Mental Health spelled out in scrabble tiles.

Central Catholic High School is committed to the emotional health and well-being of our students and families.

In an effort to promote a better understanding of where teenagers are in terms of their emotional and mental development, we periodically offer educational programs for parents and educators that complement the programs we offer to our students.

We held two programs as part of our Fall Wellness Series, and we are also offering additional programs throughout the year.

Upcoming Event... TBD

Previous Events...

Parent Wellness Webinar: 'Teens, Tweens, & Quarantines'

Parents were invited to an online presentation focusing on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing on our children.

Watch Recorded Webinar Via Zoom (Password: 2Z%IH@UG)

Password: 2Z%IH@UG

7:00 PM, Thursday, May 7, 2020

In a dynamic fashion, this talk will:

  • address the teen/tween brain,
  • explain why this pandemic is so difficult for this age group,
  • survey the process of loss,
  • discuss issues related to independence, autonomy, and privacy, and
  • offer perspectives and suggestions that parents can implement immediately.

In addition, parents will have the opportunity to ask questions and get concrete answers for practical steps they can take in real time.

Presented by Jon Mattleman, New England Clinical Director from Minding Your Mind, a mental health counselor and trainer with 30 years of experience.

Parents will be receiving registration information.

Program Contact:

  • Mrs. Doreen Keller, Principal, dkeller@centralcatholic.net
Image of the average teenage brain showing the different sections of the brain
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Minding Your Mind: 'Angst... let's talk about it!'

Swimmer in pool with text: ANGST anxiety disorders are real, common, and treatable, let's talk about it.

Parents, guardians, and educators attended a screening of Angst, a documentary designed to raise awareness of anxiety, its causes and effects, and what we can do. (Note: some scenes may trigger those who experience anxiety.) The movie was followed by a discussion/Q&A with Minding Your Mind’s Clinical Director, Jon Mattleman, a mental health counselor and trainer with 30 years of experience.

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM, Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Program Contact:

  • Mrs. Doreen Keller, Principal, dkeller@centralcatholic.net

A Freshman Year Experience Student Wellness Program

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Image of the average teenage brain showing the different sections of the brain

Today’s high school students experience a significant amount of pressure and anxiety as they strive to succeed inside and outside the classroom.

Jon Mattleman, a mental health counselor and trainer with 30 years of experience, talked with our freshmen about challenges beyond grades and achievement. He will address social challenges and mental health challenges while providing resources for self-care that will help students manage anxiety and stress. 

7:40 AM, Wednesday, October 16, 2019

This wellness program included a showing of the movie Angst and a presentation by a young adult speaker, Brooke, about her journey in high school. Brooke has shared her experiences with our students in prior years.

Program Contact:

  • Mrs. Doreen Keller, Principal, dkeller@centralcatholic.net

Minding Your Mind: Just Talk About It

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Parents are invited to attend this interactive presentation, an introduction to mental health, designed to train both adults and youth on how to recognize the warning signs of stress, anxiety, depression, and crisis.

6:00 PM, Tuesday, April 23, 2019

 more info

Program Contact: Mr. Thomas Sipsey, Assistant Principal, Dean of Students, tsipsey@centralcatholic.net

Anxiety: The Impact on Youth and Families

Mental Health spelled out in scrabble tiles.

Parents and educators were invited to attend a dynamic presentation by mental health counselor Jon Mattleman that explores the impact of anxiety on students and families.

6:00 PM, Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Program Contact: Mrs. Doreen Keller, Principal, dkeller@centralcatholic.net

The Secret Lives of Teens & Tweens

Image of the average teenage brain showing the different sections of the brain

Parents and educators were invited to attend a dynamic presentation by mental health counselor Jon Mattleman that explores what teens and tweens are really thinking and how we can better support them.

6:30 PM, Wednesday, October 17, 2018

 more info

Program Contact: Mr. Thomas Sipsey, Assistant Principal, Dean of Students, tsipsey@centralcatholic.net

Growing Up in the Digital Age: A Film Screening and Panel Discussion

Image of students sitting on stairs and looking at phones.

We hosted two screenings of Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age, a documentary that explores the impact of screens and technology and how we can empower students to navigate the digital world.

Parents, students, families, and educators were invited to attend.  (Appropriate for 5th grade and older.)

6:00 PM, Tuesday, October 9, 2018

6:00 PM, Tuesday, October 16, 2018 (en español)

 more info

Program Contact: Mrs. Jodi Linnehan Kriner, Assistant Principal, Dean of Innovation and Academics, jkriner@centralcatholic.net


Central Catholic High School
A College Preparatory High School of Excellence in the Marist Tradition

Founded by the Marist Brothers in the heart of Lawrence, Massachusetts in 1935, Central Catholic High School enrolls 1,200 students from over 60 cities and towns and several countries. Students come from diverse backgrounds to form a caring community of faith, learning, and service. They advance to college in overwhelming numbers (nearly 100%) and move on to successful careers and positions of leadership in government, business, industry, academia, and professions.

Central Catholic High School is fully accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

For more information, please visit www.CentralCatholic.net, call 978-682-0260, or email website@centralcatholic.net.

Mission: Central Catholic High School makes Jesus known and loved.
We educate the whole person for college and for life, with particular care for the least favored and those in need.