April 2020
Statewide Support Group List with New Virtual Groups!
Find a Support Group That Is Right For You
As this pandemic continues, many support groups across the state have gone virtual. Please find our statewide support group list here, with new virtual groups. All new information is highlighted with yellow. 

Resources for Families During The COVID-19 Outbreak
Check Out Our Facebook Page for More Information

During the outbreak of COVID-19, PPAL will provide resources selected for families
with children with mental health needs on Facebook every Tuesday and
Thursday. If you haven't liked us yet on Facebook, do it today!

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Check out these helpful resources as well:

Multicultural Outreach by PPAL
We're Still Here, Supporting Families

PPALs Multicultural Outreach Coordinator Joel Khattar is working diligently. He is
making voice-to-voice phone calls to let families and providers to know that we
are here, and what our new scope of work with virtual support looks like.

We'll be sending out more information about resources for parents, providers and professionals that help support diverse families. Please feel free to contact Joel at  jkhattar@ppal.net .

Youth MOVE Updates
Connecting Virtually
Although the state of Massachusetts continues to hunker down, Youth MOVE Massachusetts is still operating! Youth Development Specialist, Chandra Watts, can be seen on Facebook live every Thursday from 12:30-1. She also uploads a video every Tuesday and Friday. Our Speakers Bureau has been unable to meet recently, but is currently working to meet virtually via Zoom.  Keep an eye out for updates! 

Youth MOVE MA is also hosting a virtual Mental Health month event: Let's Light It Up Green! We're asking folks to put a green light bulb as their porch light for the weekend of May 8 to show support for Children's Mental Health Week. If you can't install a green lightbulb on your porch, you can put one in a living room lamp, or just wear green! Send us pictures via email so we can create a video montage that we'll highlight on our social media platforms!  

Take a look at Chandra's live Facebook posts here!
"We All Need Help Sometimes" 
State Resources Available for Families
The Office of the Child Advocate and Umass Medical have put together a public information campaign to inform families about state resources that are available during the COVID-19 outbreak. Please find the flyers here, and then share them on social media, or print them out and share within your community. These materials are available in English and in Spanish.

Children's Mental Health Week Is Just Around The Corner
Help Us Celebrate - Virtually!

Children's Mental Health Week was established by a group of parents in Missouri in 1991 who wanted to raise awareness about children's mental health and to reduce stigma. Later, other states followed Missouri's lead. In 1996, PPAL became the first organization in Massachusetts to honor this week. Today, it is celebrated across the state and recognized every year by the Governor of Massachusetts.

This year, Children's Mental Health Week is going virtual. Please find all our toolkit materials for this week here.  You can read our Calendar of Mental Health Facts, attend virtual meetings, share our poster and post your own green pictures with hashtags # cmhw2020 and # childrensmentalhealthmatters

Look out for several landmarks in Massachusetts lighting up green during the week, including Zakim Bridge, Post Office Square, Rose Kennedy Greenway and MBTA Government Center in Boston, Burns Bridge in Worcester, and City Halls in Garder, Salem and Boston. Follow our Facebook page for more updates regarding green lightings!


New Blog: 
3 Thoughts about COVID-19 and Parenting Children with Mental Health Needs

In our new blog, PPAL Executive Director Lisa Lambert writes that she had 3 thoughts about COVID-19 and parenting kids with mental health issues. Want to know what they are? Click, read the blog and comment. What are your thoughts?

May Virtual Lecture: 
What are You Worried About? Treating Fears, Phobias and Emotional Distress in Children with Naomi Angoff Chedd

Naomi Angoff Chedd is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and a Licensed and Board Certified Behavior Analyst. For the past 20+ years, she has worked with children, adolescents and young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders and other developmental disabilities, learning disabilities, anxiety, depression and other mental health challenges, and with their families. 

Naomi's virtual presentation will take place on May 12th from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.  During this lecture, she will give us critical information and support during this public health crisis.

In this interactive presentation and discussion she will talk briefly about some of the most common types of anxiety, and provide some guidelines and suggestions for helping you and your children tackle and maybe even defeat the anxiety demon. By understanding more about the psychobiology of anxiety and how to incorporate some proven approaches into treating it using humor, coregulation and play, you will learn to think about anxiety in a different way: as an irritant, perhaps, but not as a crippling, permanent or hopeless condition.

This presentation will take place on Zoom. A link to join the meeting will be provided to registrants by email closer to May 12th. This virtual training is meant ONLY for parents/caregivers/family members/family partners of children with behavioral health needs. When signing up, please indicate in your email that you are a parent or a family member, the age of your child with behavioral health needs, and your wish for a specific topic regarding her presentation.

To register for this virtual training, please send an email to: statewide@ppal.net.

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