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Are you gearing up for Children's Mental Health         Awareness Week???         

  This year's Children's Mental Health Awareness Week Campaign brings together more than 400 non-profits, schools, agencies and other partners with the goal to raise public awareness of the importance of children's mental health and substance use. The Campaign also helps reduce the stigma of mental health, lets parents know that they are not alone in caring for children with mental health needs, and connects families throughout Louisiana with information and services to help their child. This statewide Campaign is coordinated by the Louisiana Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health, Inc. 

Why is this Important? 
Mental health is how we think, feel and act. It affects how a child feels about himself/herself, relates
to other children and adults, and handles change, stress and other life situations. As many as
one in five children experience a mental, emotional or behavioral health problem before the age of 18, yet
70 percent of school-aged children with a diagnosable mental illness
do not receive treatment.

Ways to be involved

State and local agencies, school systems, community groups, nonprofit organizations and providers  are invited to join the Campaign as a Community Hero. Supporters commit to use their communication tools to share the Campaign locally. Examples of activities include sharing the Campaign via newsletter articles, social media and organizational websites; hosting events, distributing Campaign materials; and encouraging staff to wear green during Awareness Week. Visit our website, www.laffcmh.org, to become a Community Hero today! 

Louisiana schools are invited to participate by becoming a School Hero. Schools can participate by designating someone to be a School Hero Coordinator (or Team). The School Hero Coordinator will be responsible for organizing at least one awareness raising or educational event for their school during Awareness Week. Once they sign up, we will provide Supporters with materials and information including tips on how their school can participate. Sign up to become a School Hero on our website.

2017 Children' s Mental Health Awareness Week
"Finding Help, Finding Hope"
May 1st - May 7th, 2017

" Greatness in You" 
 March 14, 2017, Lake Charles, LA

LAFFCMH would like to give a special thanks to our presenter
Mr. Carvis "Trell" Webb


Louisiana Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health will be hosting a series of FREE Lunch and Learn training's on a variety of topics. Aimed to educate, train, consult families, mental health providers, educational institutions and the general public.

The information and perspective of this series will reflect the needs and values of families to public policy makers. Also, to increase awareness of the mental health needs of children, youth and their families and decrease stigma and 
associated with mental health. 

Help us keep you updated by joining our email list and stay connected with us on facebook for information about our next Lunch and Learn training.

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*  National Youth Violence Prevention Week (April 3-9)
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* World Health Day (April 7)
* National Youth HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (April 10)
* World Meningitis Day (April 24)
* Every kid Healthy Week (last week of April)



* Webinar: " Positive Behavior Intervention and Support in the Home and School"

Presenter: Sandra Trammell, April 20th

* Let's Talk Networking Call - April 28th

* Children's Mental Health Awareness Week May 1st- 7th

LAFFCMH would love to have professionals, caregivers, etc. , share their time and expertise with parents across Louisiana. 
Topics of these webinars will cover current children's mental health issues and other concerns as identified by participating parents. The webinars are all held in the evenings to better suit your needs.  

Please Join US!! 
For additional information contact

LAFFCMH will be closed on the following days...
Thursday, April 13, 2017- Close @ 12 noon
Friday, April 14, 2017- Good Friday
Monday, May 29, 2017 - Memorial Day

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Community Partners Upcoming Event:

First United Methodist Church
940 North Blvd

$25 flat rate for CEUs
LPCs & PLPCs- 6.5 CEUs
Social Workers- 6 General CEUs

St. Jean Vianney's Parent's Night Out for children with special needs
When: April 7th, 2017
Where: St. Jean Vianney Parish Hall
Time: 6:30 - 9:00 PM 
Ages: 2 - 12
A five-dollar donation for each family is requested. Please pass this information along to other families with special needs children between the ages of 2 and 12.
Please contact Allison Veillette at parentsnightout@stjeanvianney.org to RSVP.

Parents/Caregivers who need information, emotional support, or just need a listening ear contact:

Louisiana Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health
4600 Sherwood Common, Suite 304, 
Baton Rouge, LA 70816
1-800-224-4010 (Parent Line)