Mission Moments at the 27th Annual Conference of the National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health

Posted by on Nov 15, 2016 in Children's Mental Health, executive director, family support, federation conference, GPS for Youth and Families, national federation, sustainable family support organization | Comments Off on Mission Moments at the 27th Annual Conference of the National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health

Here at Guided Pathways –Support for Youth and Families (GPS) we share what we call mission moments at our monthly staff meeting. A mission moment is any experience that reminds us of the importance of youth and family support and the need for helping families with emotional, behavioral and mental health challenges achieve wellness and resiliency.   During the National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health (NFFCMH), November 10th – 13th, in Phoenix, AZ, we experienced many mission moments. The sunshine of the Sonoran desert and warm welcome of NFFCHM Executive Director...

Read More

A Good Read!

Posted by on Jan 22, 2015 in Children's Mental Health, Mental Illness, national federation, Uncategorized | Comments Off on A Good Read!

From the Children’s Mental Health Network – What We Didn’t Say: A struggle — parenting children with mental illness. http://www.cmhnetwork.org/media-center/morning-zen/a-struggle-parenting-children-with-mental-illness Robin Herman seemingly had it all. Graduate of a prestigious university, stellar work career, and former assistant dean for research communications in the Harvard School of Public Health. Secretly included in Robin’s stellar resume was her role as mom to two children with serious mental illness. When she finally broke her silence at a college reunion,...

Read More

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...

Read More

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

Posted by on May 20, 2014 in family support organization, Mental Illness, national federation, Uncategorized | Comments Off on May is Mental Health Awareness Month

Engaging People in Mental Health Treatment and Recovery By: Paolo del Vecchio, M.S.W., Director, Center for Mental Health Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Despite advances in treatment, only about one-third of Americans who experience mental illness seek mental health services.  SAMHSA’s 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health found the reasons people did not receive mental health services included social, cultural, and political factors (e.g., discrimination and prejudice), economic factors (limited insurance coverage, costly co-pays), system-level...

Read More

May Mental Health Awareness

Posted by on May 7, 2014 in Children's Mental Health, family support, family support organization, GPS for Youth and Families, national federation, Uncategorized | Comments Off on May Mental Health Awareness

The Power of Parent Peer Support As we celebrate 2014 National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week and observe National Mental Health Awareness throughout the month of May, it is fitting that we highlight and celebrate parent peers for their vital contributions. The National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health chose ‘Building Circles of Wellness’ for this year’s awareness week theme. Parent peers serve as a key building material of family wellness. Working in family support organizations, mental health agencies and crisis services and programs, they weave a...

Read More

Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week

Posted by on May 6, 2014 in Children's Mental Health, family support, family support organization, GPS for Youth and Families, Mental Illness, national federation | Comments Off on Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week

Young children are affected by traumatic events and can be helped. (watch video) As many as one in four children through the age of five are at risk for a developmental delay or disability. Early identification allows communities to intervene earlier, leading to more effective and cheaper treatment during the preschool years, rather than expensive special education services in later childhood. Things you can do now: Celebrate milestones. Every family looks forward to seeing a child’s first smile, first step, and first words. Regular screenings help raise awareness of a child’s...

Read More