Children’s Mental Health Awareness Month

Suicide Prevention: Strategies That Work

As national events continue to illuminate the critical need for mental health care reform in this country, we must increase our efforts to encourage child serving providers to collaborate with family organizations and youth leaders to meet the needs of our children, youth and young adults with behavioral health concerns.  Because we value our children and youth, we must support them in getting help when they need it.  How? We can educate the public about the importance of seeking mental health services when needed.  Our children are an integral part of our family units and we need to help create an understanding amongst Maine policy leaders, that healthy families are better equipped to support resilient children!  Legislation, policies, funding, and practices must fully endorse the undisputed importance of supporting child serving providers in a way that they can engage families and youth in participation in the care and treatment of their children. #EndYouthSuicide

Children’s Mental Health Awareness Month Special Events

Join us at the State House Hall of Flags in Augusta!

May 6th, 9:30 AM – 12 PM

Join us for our kickoff event in collaboration with the Office of Child and Family Services, Children’s Behavioral Health Services!  Come and hear from our Governor in addition to several Maine family members and youth who will share their heartfelt stories about suicide and resiliency! The Maine Alliance of Family Organizations and children’s behavioral health providers from across our state will also be present to offer information how they help support the families and youth in Maine!! 

All parents/caregivers and youth please come and join us at this free celebration event!


Join us for a free screening The Kids We Lose followed by a facilitated discussion afterwards with Disability Rights Maine staff.

May 1 from 6-8 p.m. at Windham High School Performing Arts Center, 406 Gray Rd., Windham

May 8 from 6-8 p.m. at St. Mary’s Hospital, 99 Campus Ave, Lewiston

May 9 from 6-8 p.m. at Hampden Academy Performing Arts Center, 89 Western Ave. Hampden

May 16 from 6-8 p.m. at Skowhegan High School, 61 Academy Circle, Skowhegan

 

“The Kids We Lose” is a 90-minute documentary film from Lives In the Balance and Lone Wolf Media about the human side of being a child or student with behavioral challenges, and the struggles faced by parents, educators, staff in facilities, mental health clinicians, and law enforcement professionals in trying to ensure that these kids receive the help they need. The Kids We Lose also exposes the often brutal, inhumane ways in which kids with social, emotional, and behavioral challenges are treated in schools, inpatient psychiatry units, residential facilities, and prisons. Their hopelessness, misery, and frustration are palpable. The human toll is hard to fathom. But these are also the most expensive kids in our society. Doing the wrong thing costs a fortune. When we don’t help our most vulnerable kids, we all lose. And it’s all so counterproductive and unnecessary. The Kids We Lose is not primarily about how to solve the problem. It is intended to heighten awareness of the problem and galvanize people to change things for the better. Not available by Webinar

 
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