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About the Event
A virtual discussion on the impact – both negative and positive – of social media on the mental health of Wyoming’s youth with a focus on cyber-bullying, the effects of social media on self-esteem, anxiety and depression that is starting as early as 2nd grade. Experts as well as youth share experiences and resources to help navigate the complex digital world of social media.
About the Host
Craig Blumenshine, WyomingPBS Senior Public Affairs Producer
Craig graduated from the University of Wyoming with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Computer Science. Craig worked for School District 25, the Wyoming Department of Health, the City of Riverton, and Brunton, Inc. Simultaneously, he and his wife Tracy owned and operated Teton Athletic Club in Riverton. He has written for the Riverton Ranger newspaper and gained several Wyoming Press Association awards. Craig is currently the Senior Public Affairs Producer for WyomingPBS where he produces Wyoming Chronicle and Capitol Outlook, moderates candidate debates for state and federal office, and assists with special projects for Wyoming’s only Public Television Network.
About the Panelists
Scilla Andreen, CEO & Co Founder of Indieflix
Scilla Andreen is an award-winning Producer, Director, Emmy nominated Costume Designer, Author, CEO & Co-Founder of iNDIEFLIX and founder of iNDIEFLIX Foundation. She has produced such films as The Empowerment Project, Nevertheless, Screenagers, Angst, LIKE, The Upstanders and currently directing her latest project, RACE a documentary about the effects of race and racism on our mental health. Scilla is on a mission to change the world with film.
Daniel Cossaboon, Neuropsychologist/School Psychologist
Dr. Cossaboon is a neuropsychologist and school psychologist at Cody High School (Park County School District#6). He has been practicing within the school setting over the past 9 years and provides neuropsychological evaluations, suicide risk evaluations, suicide prevention training, mental health treatment and consultation services for students and teachers. He recently led an initiative to mandate suicide prevention training in all Wyoming classrooms grades 6-12. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Rowan University in 1997 and received his Doctorate of Psychology from Widener University in 2006.
Manny Fardella, President, Wyoming School Resource Officers Association
Manny has been in law enforcement since 2001. In 2011, he transferred from the Wyoming Police Department into the School Resource Officer specialty assignment program and served as a School Resource Officer at a Junior High and High School in Cheyenne. Manny obtained his National Association of School Resource Officers (NASRO) Practitioner in 2014 and became a NASRO instructor a year later. Manny is currently the President of the Wyoming School Resource Officers Association.
Millie Peck, College Student
Millie Peck was born and raised in Jackson, Wyoming. She is an English and Psychology double major at Grinnell College. As someone who has suffered from the effects of mental illness from a young age, Millie has been vocal about and participated in different forums to destigmatize mental illness and prioritize mental health.