Musings from Susan’s Desk

Posted by on Dec 19, 2014 in family support, Mental Illness, Musings from Susan's Desk, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Musings from Susan’s Desk

I ask members of Congress to look those Newtown families in the eye  Agree or disagree, this CNN article gives more insight to congressman Murphy and his quest for mental health reform. For Network faithful who love the congressman, you will like this piece. For Network faithful who are exasperated with the congressman, you should read this piece to understand better what drives...

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Musings from Susan’s Desk

Posted by on Dec 12, 2014 in Children's Mental Health, family support, federation conference, GPS for Youth and Families, King County, Musings from Susan's Desk, national federation | Comments Off on Musings from Susan’s Desk

Last month, I was fortunate to be able to attend the 25th annual Conference of the Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health in Washington, D.C.  Once again this year, November 18th, Policy Day, was the highlight of my conference experience.  This is a day where parents and youth, Board members, directors and staff of family support organizations and other conferees from across the United States join together to advocate for children’s mental health on Capitol Hill.  We spent the morning being updated on key legislation and shaping our advocacy strategies and messages, before...

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A Call for Collaboration – Lifting Our Voices to Advocate for Youth & Families

Posted by on Dec 5, 2014 in Children's Mental Health, family support, family support organization, GPS for Youth and Families, King County, King County FSO, Mental Illness, Uncategorized | Comments Off on A Call for Collaboration – Lifting Our Voices to Advocate for Youth & Families

By Ron Jaeger, GPS Board Member The 18th annual King County Mental Health and Substance Abuse Legislative Forum took place on November 13th in Seattle.  This year, more than ever, there was a lot to be thankful for.  Seattle Mayor Ed Murray noted at the outset that he had never seen a crowd this big at previous forums.  Every seat in the house appeared to be taken. Why was this event so significant?  We each have the right and responsibility to influence decisions about policies that influence our lives.  What happens to people who struggle with mental illness, what happens to people who...

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