The Developing Healthy Kids Campaign was founded in Rockford Public Schools in 2011 to support mental health awareness and suicide prevention.

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Featured Events

NextGen: Turning Distress Into Success 
April 11, 2018, 6:30-8:00 pm

Our current tweens and teens face challenges and obstacles that adults cannot imagine. Rockford welcomes national speaker and author Katey McPherson, who will join us for a courageous conversation about the life of a tween or teen of the iGeneration. Katey is a former educator and co-author of the book Why Teens Fail, as well as the co-founder of the S.H.E. Forum (Sharing Healthy Experiences), and the bullying prevention program, BE THE ONE. This presentation will take a keen look at practical ways to support students aged 9-18. Specific strategies and focus will be on adolescent brain development and its many nuances, how to support the social and emotional well-being of our students, and how to manage and supervise the often uncharted waters of social media, video games, and apps of the virtual world.


NextGen: Turning Distress Into Success – April 11, 2018, 6:30-8:00 pm

Past Events from 2017/2018

I AM Unstoppable!
February 1, 2018, 6:30-8:00 pm

Rockford Public Schools welcomes Shannon Cohen, national inspirational speaker and founder of Shannon Cohen, Inc. and #ToughSkinSoftHeart .   Our RHS students and Shannon will blend humor, heart, and real talk to inspire youth and teens to live their best lives NOW!   Students and families will learn firsthand why grit, resilience, and overcoming adversity is critical to overall development and that while failure is real, defeat doesn’t have to be.  Don’t miss this high-energy presentation about bouncing back from setbacks, believing in yourself, and taking steps daily to walk boldly in the direction of your dreams.  #resilience #grit #nevergiveup #inspire.

I AM Unstoppable! Presentation – February 1, 2018, 6:30-8:00 pm

October 17 – 6:30-8:15 pm

Each day over 2,000 teens abuse a prescription drug for the first time. Many try it for fun thinking they’re safe from family medicine cabinets and others are prescribed painkillers by doctors often to treat sports-related injuries. This frightening epidemic is threatening our friends, families, and taking our youth. Rockford Public Schools welcomes Austin Eubanks, national speaker and survivor of the Columbine school shooting, who has devoted his career to helping others understand how anonymity adversely affects youth, the problems with overprescribing medication, and the importance of the continuum of care and overcoming trauma. Additionally, we welcome a panel of speakers who will be sharing their powerful stories to support our prevention efforts.

October 17 – 5:45-6:15 pm

Opioid overdose is a national epidemic and Kent County has not been spared, with deaths from accidental drug overdose surpassing automobile accidents. However, every overdose fatality is highly preventable. Naloxone (Narcan®) is a prescription medication that can safely and effectively reverse the effects of an opioid overdose. This Red Project event will offer Naloxone (also known as Narcan) training and provide FREE kits to individuals, family members, business owners, and friends who want to be prepared for a loved one who may be at risk. 

October 17 – 5:30-6:30 pm

Do you have unused, leftover, or expired medication in your home that needs to be thrown away?  Kent County Sheriff’s department will be on hand to collect and appropriately dispose with no questions asked.