National Children’s Mental Health
SAMHSA created National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day to shine a national spotlight on the importance of caring for every child’s mental health and to reinforce the message that positive mental health is essential to a child’s healthy development.
The purpose of Awareness Day is to increase public awareness about the needs of children with serious mental illness and severe emotional disturbance and their families, to provide information on evidence-based practices, and to encourage those who need help to seek treatment.
This year’s Awareness Day theme is “Suicide Prevention: Strategies That Work,” and SAMHSA will focus on the impact suicide has on children, youth, young adults, families, and communities.
On Thursday, May 9, 2019, more than 1,100 communities and 170 national collaborating organizations and federal programs across the country will participate in community events, youth educational programs, health fairs, art exhibits, and social networking campaigns to connect those in need to information, services, and supports that can save lives.
Child suicide deaths and attempts, according to the latest statistics (2017)
from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
- Suicide is the second leading cause of death for children 19 years old or younger
- 3,013 children ages 8 to 19 died by suicide
- 2290 male
- 723 female
- 4 percent of 9th-12th graders made at least one suicide attempt in the past 12 months
- 3 % of female students attempted
- 1% of male students attempted
- 8% of black students attempted
Participate in May is Mental Health Month and National Child Mental Health Awareness day
brush up on your skills to recognize and help a child experiencing mental disorders
Youth Mental Health First Aid—Oak Hill Methodist Church is hosting this training on Tuesday, May 7, 2019, from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., at Oak Hill United Methodist Church – Fellowship Hall, 2239 NC 181 Morganton, NC. A young person you know could be experiencing a mental health or substance use problem; learn an action plan to help. Youth Mental Health First Aid is highly recommended for teachers, coaches, social workers, faith leaders, and others who regularly have contact with young people ages 12-18. Sometimes first aid isn’t a bandage or CPR or calling 911. Sometimes, first aid is YOU. Register online by Friday, May 3, 2019. You must be at least 18 years old to attend. For more information contact Kim Rhoads at 828-323-8049 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Family Acceptance Project: Family Support for LGBTQ Youth—The purpose of this training is to engage families, foster families, and caregivers to prevent suicide and homelessness for LGBT youth and engage families as Allies to promote school safety, support, and wellness for LGBT students.
May 6: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Open to anyone in the Community interested in engagement and acceptance of youth in the LGBTQ+ community (providers, schools, juvenile justice, families, doctors, DSS, and others). Registration and payment are online.
May 7: 1-4 p.m.
Open to families and youth (caregivers, parents, foster parents, aunts, uncles, grandparents, guardians, children, youth, young adults). Registration is Free. Please, RSVP to Cbrown@ncfamiliesunited.org.
Trainings will be held at First United Methodist Church of Elon, 1630 Westbrook Ave., Elon, NC 27215.
Buffering Toxic Stress—The Buffering Toxic Stress training provides information about early childhood stress and trauma, specifically as related to brain development, learning, behavior and increased risk of long-term adverse health effects in adulthood. Training is Thursday, May 9, 2019, from 9 a.m.-12 p.m., at Partners Basement Multipurpose Room, 1985 Tate Blvd. SE, Hickory, NC. Please register online by May 7. You must be 18 or older to attend. For more information, email Kim Rhoads at email@example.com.
In the Community
Greenway has Extended Free Fares in Burke County
The Western Piedmont Regional Transit Authority has extended free fares for the Burke County Flex Routes. Routes 21, 22, 23, and 24 are free from now until August 30, 2019. So keep riding, going places, and enjoying your public transit services in Morganton and beyond! for more information, call 828-465-7634.
3rd Annual Iredell County Family Fest
The Iredell County Adult and Child Collaboratives invite you to kick off May is Mental Health Awareness Month with a day of fun, food, and family. This community event is on Saturday, April 27, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m., at Fairview Baptist Church, 349 Turnersburg Hwy., Statesville, NC. Family Fest is a celebration of learning, health, and our community! The goal is to provide a day to bring families and our community together and to raise awareness of the services and activities available in Iredell County. There will be information about local services that address mental health, substance abuse, and other support for our families. Bring your friends and family and enjoy over 30 vendors, local performers, a DJ, bounce houses, giveaways, food trucks, and more!
Mind Fest Event
We are UNSTOPPABLE. You are not alone. We walk alongside of you. From Hope to Wellness, from all walks of Life with Mental Illness. The National Alliance on Mental Illness-South Mountains, NC is hosting Mind Fest to support community health, on Saturday, May 18, 2019, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m., at the Spindale House, 119 Tanner St., Spindale, NC. Dance with the “The Dancing Fleas Band,” meet firemen and see the fire truck, meet service dogs and their owners, talk with folks from the humane society, learn to make your own stress ball, “gardening” plant your own flower, paint on canvas, participate in gym activities, look at Mary Kay products, eat healthy Pampered Chef, and meet author Robbie Taylor and Dr. Sarah Merrison-McEntire, CEO and Owner of Carolina Chiropractor.
Kamp Kaleidoscope 2019
A daily summer camp dedicated to Gaston County citizens ages 7 and up with developmental disabilities. Camp Kaleidoscope is 7 1/2 weeks of safe, educational, and enriching fun, running June 19-August 8, 2019, Monday-Thursday, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., at Saint Mark’s Episcopal Church, 258 W. Franklin Blvd., Gastonia (corner of Franklin and 321 North).
Kamp Activities and Curriculum Include:
- Science and Environmental projects
- Recreational opportunities
- Social and Educational Community outings
- Health and Wellness activities
Disability and Reentry Employment Summit
Individuals with mental illness and individuals leaving incarceration are diverse groups of people with a wide range of talents and abilities seeking employment. Most individuals with serious mental illnesses express a desire to work, yet employment rates for this demographic are estimated to be only twenty-two percent. Many reentering the workforce from jail are disqualified for employment before they can share their skills. With national data indicating 1 in 3 adults have a criminal record, you could be missing out on many qualified applicants. Employment provides more than a paycheck: a sense of purpose, opportunities to learn, and a chance to work with others. Most importantly, employment offers hope, which is vital to recovery from mental illness, and provides a fresh start for those at-risk.
As a part of the Disability and Reentry Employment Summit, we invite you on Thursday, May 30, 2019, from 7:30-9:30 a.m., at the Gastonia Conference Center, 145 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Gastonia, to explore ways your business could be missing out on qualified applicants and learn how to participate in equitable hiring.
- Equitable Hiring
- Incentive Protections
- Work Release Program
- Legal Protections and Guidelines
The summit is free and Breakfast will be provided to all registered attendees.
This event is hosted by Partners Behavioral Health Management, in partnership with NC Commerce, Gaston Regional Chamber, Gaston College, Vocational Rehabilitation, Goodwill, Gaston County School District, Monarch, Inc., and Coastal Southeastern United Care. Register online, or contact Ryan Shuford at RShuford@PartnersBHM.org or 704-884-2579, for more information.
Behavioral Health Focus is published on the first and third Tuesday of each month and is intended to be a source of information for those working or interacting with behavioral health care in Burke, Catawba, Cleveland, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, Surry and Yadkin Counties. If you would like to contribute, contact Jeff Brucato at 704-884-2564 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Items should be submitted by Wednesday at 3 p.m. for the next week’s issue.