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Children's Mental Health Awareness Week

"Finding Help, Finding Hope"

As national events continue to illuminate the critical need for mental health care reform in this country, we must increase our efforts to educate the nation about the importance of prevention and early identification of mental health challenges. We must also highlight the fact that children are an integral part of a family unit and create an understanding amongst policy leaders and practitioners that healthy families are better equipped to support resilient children. Legislation, policies, and practices must fully endorse the undisputed importance of full family engagement and participation in the care and treatment of their children. Further, we must advocate for a holistic approach to children's mental health that includes the provision of supports that strengthen the family as they nurture resiliency.

Please join us as we create a national dialogue about the importance of finding help, finding hope.

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Passing of Ginny Wood

It is with a heavy heart that I inform you that Ginny Wood, a tireless advocate for children youth and families passed from this life on Saturday, March 7, 2015. Ginny worked for many years in New York as Executive Director of Families Together of New York State (the New York state chapter of the National Federation) before moving to Arizona where she continued her advocacy work.  We will miss Ginny’s passion, honesty, courage, love, sense of humor and tenacity.

2015 Conference Call for Proposals Now Available

The National Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health invites you to submit presentations for our 26th Annual Conference.

This year, we will offer distinct tracks to address the most current issues facing children, youth and young adults with mental health challenges and their families. We are looking for 60 and 90 minute workshop proposals, along with a selective number of 3-hour intensive workshop proposals, which highlight best practices and research that can be used to finance, sustain and expand excellent services and supports for children's mental health.

The goal of the 2015 annual conference is to answer critical questions that forward our mission of supporting families and providing comprehensive, integrated services that focus on prevention and early intervention in a way that is well funded and proven to be most effective.