ATLANTA, GEORIGIA—The Lou Ruspi Jr. (LRJ) Foundation today announced that it has teamed up with five local Fulton County middle schools and their assistant principals to address mental health wellness and awareness at an educational summit to be held at the Forsyth Conference Center on February 13.

The Northwest Learning Community (NWLC) schools include Webb Bridge Middle School, Northwestern Middle School, Hopewell Middle School, Elkins Pointe Middle School, and Crabapple Middle School. With the support of Webb Bridge Middle School Assistant Principal Carmen Hurst, whose vision was behind the creation of “We Have Decided” Summit, they teamed up to invite near 250 7th and 8th grade selected students from the schools to participate. The day-long event includes speakers and presentations led by local business, community and national leaders on topics focused on addressing effective leadership skills and mental health support. Various interactive workshops will include knowledge of anxiety and social media boundaries, coping skills, communication and time management, and a unique edge on happiness and wellness through community giving such as volunteerism and charity.

The LRJ Foundation, which was established in 2012 to provide mental wellness, relationship support, and suicide prevention education for schools, teachers, parents and communities serving Georgia, Pennsylvania and Virginia , has enlisted support from local and business community sponsors and leaders to make the event successful with an entire day dedicated to educational presentation workshops and keynote sessions. Sponsors include

John Foy & Associates, Smile Doctors Orthodontics, Spotlight Dental, EAV Medical and Loudy Ventures, LLC.

“The conference will help build and shape youth leadership skills, including their confidence, resilience, managing and understanding life stressors, learning empathy as leaders, while reducing barriers to help-seeking behaviors to best support their overall mental wellness,” said Teressa Ruspi Stann, Co-founder and Executive Director, LRJ Foundation. “The agenda at our summit will help them talk about suicide prevention and life-coping skills so they aren’t scared and fearful to talk about it anymore and be mental health ambassadors at their schools.”

Speakers at the event include keynote Saul-Paul, who for the last decade has earned an international reputation as a “Musician with a Message” known for entertaining, inspiring and empowering audiences across the globe. You can find more about him at . Paul Gilbride, owner of Gilbride Corporate Coaching, LLC will be the second speaker. He works with individual contributors, teams, and organizations to navigate issues such as leadership, team effectiveness, career navigation and creating meaningful and purposeful lives both in and out of work. You can find more about Paul at Jeannine Jannot, author, The Disintegrating Student: Super Smart & Falling Apart, and academic coach, will be the third speaker. You can find out more about Jeannine at

In addition, LRJ Foundation will be holding educational workshops on anxiety, social media, and mental health.

About LRJ Foundation

The Lou Ruspi Jr. Foundation, LRJ, is a private, non-profit organization whose mission is to improve mental wellness and suicide prevention through interactive educational programming to school districts and the community. The organization engages its audience in a creative manner simulating real-life experiences and discussions.

The foundation’s vision is to educate the community on all aspects of mental wellness through interactive presentations. They educate on the most common concerns including, anxiety, depression, suicide prevention, coping skills, and healthy relationships. The LRJ Foundation utilizes evidence-based research to teach user-friendly coping skills, tools to build healthy relationships, and strategies to effectively emotionally regulate. It believes positive mental wellness improves all other aspects of our lives.

For more information on LRJ Foundation, please visit The non-profit organization is also on Facebook at, Instagram at and Twitter at #BetterThanYesterday

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