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Social Media and Self-Doubt: How parents can help kids resist the pressure of social media

Social media can be fun, exciting, even helpful. But for some teens, all those pictures of awesome vacations, perfect bodies, and great-looking lives can fuel self-doubt. How can parents help teenagers have a healthier relationship with their social feeds?

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LogoThe Emotional Wellness Support Team is a collective of mental health licensed and trained professionals at Byram Hills High School. We support our students, families and larger school community by consulting with administrators, teachers and parents to identify young people that are struggling and may need extra support and services. We also work proactively to get ahead of problems before they escalate by creating programs that support youth development. We serve as liaisons between school, home and the larger community. We provide individual and group counseling, assessment for special education referrals, and offer consults around 504 and IEP plans

Dr. Carolyn Lanfredi is the psychologist for the Flexible Support Program at the high school. She earned her PhD in School Psychology and her Master’s Degree in Therapeutic Interventions from Fordham University. Dr. Lanfredi provides counseling support to students in grades 9-12 who are struggling with anxiety, depression, school problems, and more. In addition, she consults with teachers and participates in the CSE process for students who have been referred to special education. She can be reached at Dr. Carolyn Lanfredi or 273-9200 ext. 4955.

Dr. Ellen Medd is the building psychologist and works with students in grades 9-12. She is also the chairperson for the 504 committee and CSE. Dr. Medd spent many years working at Wampus Elementary School and has been at the high school for the past two years. She provides counseling support to students, consultation to teachers & parents, and completes evaluations through the CSE. She earned her doctoral degree from Fordham University and has a Master’s degree in special education. Dr. Medd can be reached by emailing her here Dr. Ellen Medd or by calling 914-273-9200 ext. 4956. 

Allison MuelleAllison Muelle, LMSW, is the School Social Worker at the high school. Allison earned her Master's in Social Work from the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College. Allison will provide social emotional wellness support to students in grades 9-12, as well as working with families to support overall student social emotional wellness. She works with students in a one on one setting as well as in a group setting. Ms. Muelle works with students on goal setting, managing anxiety, coping skills, emotional health, decision making, and many other aspects to support a student's mental health and overall success. Ms. Muelle can be reached at 914-273-9200 ext. 4953 or by emailing her here Allison Muelle.

Bernice Pagan, LMSW, is the Student Assistance Counselor at the high school. Bernice earned her Master’s in Social work from Fordham University. She provides alcohol, tobacco, vaping and other drug prevention activities. She is also available for short term individual and group counseling. Mrs. Pagan provides classroom presentations, parent presentations and faculty presentations on various topics. Mrs.Pagan is also the advisor to the Youth2Youth Club, a club whose members empower their peers to make healthy decisions. She can be reached by emailing her here Bernice Pagan or by calling 914-273-9200 ext. 4943.


Additional Resources
In the event of a psychiatric emergency, you can call:
- Call 911 in any emergency
- National Suicide Hotline (800) 273-Talk or (800) 273-8255
- Crisis Prevention and Response Team at (914) 925-5959

National alliance on Mental Health (NAMI):
Trained staff answer calls and provide information about mental health resources in Westchester.  Call (914) 592-5458 Help Line, 9am-2pm, Monday-Friday

New York State office of Addiction Services and supports (OASAS):
Provides information and access to prevention, treatment, and recovery services for alcohol and other substance use disorders and problem gambling.

Call (877) 846-7369 or text HOPENY (467369) for help 24 hours a day.