Speak Up for Kids

Since I am a parent coping with a child’s mental health issues, I am proud to tell you about The Child Mind Institute’s Speak Up for Kids campaign  taking place during National Children’s Mental Health Week (May 6th to 12th, 2012).  Speak Up for Kids connects parents and teachers with professionals in their community for free talks (find a talk near you via this link) on psychiatric and learning disorders and other issues relating to raising healthy, happy kids. I’ll be attending a press breakfast at The Child Mind Institute on Monday, and also, coincidentally, a talk at one of my children’s schools next week.  I’ll be tweeting about all of these events next week.  

If you’re a mental health professional who can volunteer time to give talks at schools, libraries, and other community organizations around the country, I encourage you to download the Speak Up for Kids Toolkit which includes a PowerPoint presentation and talking points.  

For more details about how to participate in Speak Up For Kids, and how you can support the important cause of children’s mental health, please visit The Child Mind Institute.

Speak Up for Kids partners include the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP), the American Association of School Administrators (AASA), the American Psychological Association (APA), HunterBoot USA, the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP), the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), the National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health, Parents Magazine, the Society for Development and Behavioral Pediatrics (SDBP), and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

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