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May Is National
Mental Health Awareness Month
Let's Celebrate!

Vesper Moore!

Our Mental Health Heroes
Each week in May - mental health awareness month - PPAL will introduce a mental health hero - 4 in all. Each one has made a difference for their child, their peers or their community.
Our heroes, a parent, a grandparent and two young adults, saw something that needed to be fixed and decided to do something about it. There are lots of heroes in the mental health field who advocate for better care, battle stigma and challenge us all to do a better job. 
  But only a select few have an outsized and positive effect and we should salute their amazing work.
Join us in applauding our heroes!

Parent/Professional Advocacy League

Join us for a Community Viewing and Dialogue about the film  Angst , designed to improve our understanding of anxiety among children and adolescents. 
Angst  offers a great jumping off point for discussion within families, schools, and communities about mental health and anxiety. The film is appropriate and engaging for teachers, parents, middle school and high school students, and anyone interested in children's mental health. 
Parents and teenagers - Watch the film together and start your own dialogue! 
The 1-hour film will begin at 6:30, followed promptly by our panel discussion.
This virtual event is free and open to all, 
but registration is required and space is limited!

Massachusetts Association for Mental Health | 617-742-7452 
50 Federal St., 6th Floor, Boston, MA 02110 |

Save The Date!

Tis virtual event will be hosted by Empowering People for Inclusive Communities (EPIC) and the Zia Young Adult Access Center. On June 4th at 6pm we will be hosting a live-streamed event on Facebook titled

 "Elevating Youth Perspectives for a Post-COVID World".

This event will be a panel of 6 young people from different areas of the state sharing their experiences during the pandemic and the changes they want to see in our society as we create a new normal. This panel will be moderated by Brian Schactman from NBC10 Boston. 
More Information To Fol low!
Visit the Massachusetts DMH page for resources on  Maintaining Emotional Health & Well-Being During the

What a School Means: A Conversation with Eve L. Ewing

In case you missed it...
The 1-Year Anniversary of
Isaac's Story

This video was created through the combined efforts of
Children and Families Division
Communications Team.
For Free Copies
More Information on Isaacs's Story
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Helping Children Regulate Emotions During Challenging

During these unprecedented times, our students and our own children are experiencing a range of unpleasant emotions, including anxiety, frustration and boredom. As the adults in their lives, it’s crucial that we make space for our children’s feelings and support them in managing those feelings. In this webinar, Marc Brackett, author of  Permission to Feel , and director of the  Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence ,

will share a four-step process to help adults be emotionally intelligent role models for children and teach them key strategies that support healthy self-reg ulation.

Thursday, May 21, 2020
at 4:00pm EDT

Available for one-hour of PD credit. A certificate of completion will be available for download at the end of your session that you can submit for your school's or district's approval.
Enjoy the helping children regulate emotions webinar?
Check out more free lesson plans and resources on Share My Lesson in the  Mental Health Awareness Collection  or  Social Emotional Learning Collection .
Click Here To Take The Pledge

VOTE for your favorite entry and enter your photo in our  PHOTO CONTEST  !

Show us what is helping you with your mental health right now. You could win $50!
What is helping YOU get through this challenging time?
Show us and you may win $50!
“In this moment, THIS is helping my mental health”  Photo Contest .
The  Mental Health Experienced & Years Of Understanding  ( MHE & YOU ) Advisory Council at  iSPARC  /  Transitions ACR  has launched a photo contest on their Facebook page for May is Mental Health Awareness Month. We know that this has been a tough time for many people, us included, so we’re hoping that this contest can bring some light and joy to people’s lives. We may be physically distant, but we can still be a community. We will have 6 winners, each winning $50. 

or, if you don't have Facebook,

MORE COVID-19 Resources & Tip Sheets for Young Adults

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