For many children and parents, the beginning of a new school year brings anxiety and stress. Good grades, getting enough sleep, and getting along with teachers and other students can be hard for anyone, but one of the most concerning issues continues to be bullying. It can lead to low self-esteem, health problems, poor grades, and suicidal thoughts.

Experts from Huntsman Mental Health Institute and SafeUT will answer common questions about how to help children manage fears and anxiety about going back to school, how to recognize if your student is being bullied or is the bully, and share the many resources available to help students and parents prepare for going back to school.

Community Conversations are monthly events hosted by Huntsman Mental Health Institute at the University of Utah where experts discuss various mental health topics, treatment options, and care while answering questions submitted by you. These community-based events are held once per month, for one hour and are held virtually via zoom.

Before the Bell Rings: how to prevent bullying in the classroom and online

August 24 | 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Virtual via Zoom


  • Scott Langenecker, PhD
    Dr. Langenecker is a clinical neuropsychologist and is a Professor of Psychiatry and an Adjunct Professor of Psychology at the University of Utah.
  • Julie Spindler
    Julie is the Prevention Director for Tooele County School District and works in prevention, anti-bullying awareness, mental health awareness, and coordination of SafeUT services.
  • Denia-Marie Ollerton, LCMHC
    Dénia-Marie (Dema) Ollerton is the Interim Manager for the State of Utah’s SafeUT Crisis Chat and Tip Line for youth.

Go here to register…