Mental Health America of the HeartlandSeptember 2016 eNewsletter
Having a tough time heading back to school?
If your child's thoughts, feelings or behaviors were causing them to struggle, would you know how to talk to them about it? What if you discovered they were engaging in activities that were potentially destructive or even harmful?

If you think your son or daughter is dealing with low self-esteem or poor body image, is feeling depressed or is engaging in risky behaviors like disordered eating, self-injury or body-focused repetitive behaviors, there is hope and there is help.

Mental Health America has developed tools and resources to inform both students and parents about why mental health matters, and how self-esteem, self-image and the disorders that affect the way young people see and treat themselves can affect a student's overall health. Click the button below to find resources for students and parents and download the Back to School Toolkit to spread awareness about self-image and self-esteem in your school and community.

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Kansas State Representative Louis Ruiz:
Making Mental Health a Priority

Mental Health America (MHA) recognized a very select group of seven state legislators from four states who have made mental health a priority in their states. These Mental Health Champions were honored at MHA's Regional Policy Council meeting, which coincided with the National Council of State Legislators, in Chicago, Illinois on August 10th. These distinguished legislators have a track record that demonstrates that mental health issues are bipartisan. They have fought for changes that not only improve people's lives but also improve the bottom line for their states. Representative Ruiz was nominated to be recognized by Mental Health America of the Heartland's President and CEO, Susan Crain Lewis. ( Read the entire press release)

Representative Louis E. Ruiz has always been a champion for mental health funding and services and an advocate for the underserved and disenfranchised. He is an invaluable resource to mental health advocates in developing, understanding and advancing legislation and assuring oversight of the departments and organizations that implement it once enacted.

A local reception to celebrate Representative Ruiz's accomplishments, advocacy and award will be held at MHAH's offices on Thursday, September 29th from 5:30-7:30pm. For more information or to RSVP, please contact Whitney at 913-281-2221 (ext. 111), or register online.

Thank you, Representative Ruiz!

Pictured from left to right: Debbie Plotnick (VP for Mental Health and Systems Advocacy of Mental Health America), Susan Crain Lewis (President and CEO of Mental Health America of the Heartland, Representative Louis Ruiz.



Want to learn more about MHAH? Attend a Road to Hope event!
Reception for Representative Ruiz
Thursday, September 29th

We also have many educational presentations and opportunities for CEUs in September. Visit our website for a full list of upcoming events.
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