Crucial Conversations are those discussions we need to have as a community and as parents, to keep our friends, neighbors and loved ones safe. These are also conversations that need to be addressed from a Christian perspective. What can we do to prevent those we love from becoming addicted to opioids? How can we help those who have already become addicted? What are steps that I can take to keep myself and my loved ones safe from trafficking? How do we handle social media, from a Christian perspective? How do we make sure those we love KNOW that they are valued and loved, and give them hope when they fall into depression or are anxious? How can we be Jesus to those we know and love?

In partnership with St. Brigid of Kildare, we will have two Crucial Conversations gatherings this school year. The first will be at St. Brigid on November 8 for parents of children 6th grade and younger, titled “Raising Resilient Children.” The second will be at St. Joan of Arc on April 30 addressing the opioid epidemic.

For more information, contact Kim VanHuffel at

 Drug Prevention and Education Resources

The Emerald Jenny Foundation 
This foundation lists  local agencies and phone numbers/crisis lines for addiction.

Franklin County Prevention and Education Programs 
Franklin County Programs

DrugSafe Worthington helps families get educated, get help, and find local events.

Delaware Country Drug Liaison
Confidential support for persons and families struggling with addiction/substance use.

Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation 
Learn how you can play a part in suicide prevention.

 Past Presentation Resources

P.E.R.C. presentation slides
January 29, 2019
Growing Resiliency in Today’s World (GRIT)



Tuesday, August 27
6:30-8 p.m.
DCS Mental Health and Wellness Dinner
Dublin City Schools, Emerald Campus, 5175 Emerald Parkway, Dublin, OH 43017
Registration is required. Please visit:
This event provides an opportunity for parents and caregivers to learn the mental health information that will be shared with DCS students during health classes this school year.  There is a student portion that is targeted to students in grades 6-12; students are not required to attend, but any student who does attend must be accompanied by a parent/caregiver.  Free dinner will be provided!



Thursday, September 19, 2019
9:30 – 11:00 a.m. and 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Dublin Community Recreation Center, Abbey Theater
Snaps, Sexts & Social Media: What Girls Need to Know in the Digital Age
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Tuesday, September 24, 2019
9:30 a.m.
Panera Bread Community Room @ 6665 Perimeter Loop Rd
This year, P.E.R.C. is starting off the school year with a book talk to discuss How to Raise an Adult: Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid for Success by Julie Lythcott-Haims.  This book talk will be moderated by the educators who held the sold out session at this past year’s Parent University session on the same topic: Sharon Esswein and Molly Walker (HCS Teacher Leader and Director of Social Emotional Learning). Space is limited for this book talk – please RSVP here



Wednesday, October 23, 2019
9:30-11 a.m. and 7-8:30 p.m.
Dublin Community Recreation Center, Abbey Theater
How to Raise Emotionally Healthy Boys in the Digital Era
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