Resources for Children, Teens & Parents
Is This Just a Stage?
Mindfulness & Mediation
for Young Kids
If you have young kids, you may be familiar with Cosmic Kids Yoga. They have created #MENTALHEALTHSUPERPOWERS, a set activities to help kids explore mental health, increase awareness and build resilience. Download the PDF. You can also find great videos like Kids Yoga for Anxiety and guided relaxation for kids on their YouTube channel.
Tip Sheets from Child Mind Institute
Adolescent Mental Health in the Time of COVID-19

THIS THURSDAY: May 6th, 1 - 2 PM

NAMI is joining with the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health for a virtual panel discussion focused on the mental health impacts of COVID-19 among adolescents.
World Maternal Mental Health Awareness Day - May 5th
In the United States, 1 in 7 women experience a maternal mental health condition.
As we mentioned in a previous blog, rates of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders are increasing during the pandemic, making it even more important for women, family members and friends to know what to watch for and when to get help.

Learn more about maternal mental health around the world.

Follow #maternalMHmatters on social media.
Go back to our blog to find resources and information about perinatal mood & anxiety disorders.
Take a Mental Health Journey

Melissa Bernstein, founder of CT-based toy company, Melissa & Doug, revealed her mental health struggles last month. In addition to publishing a book describing her experience, she launched a mental health website, Lifelines. It is filled with free events and resources for the public.

In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month, they created a calendar of activities and prompts to help you take a journey inward. Check out their blog for more details and download the calendar.
Do you live with a mental health condition? Are you interested in sharing your story publicly to help shatter stigma?
NAMI is accepting applications to become a presenter for "In Our Own Voice," a powerful presentation that aims to change attitudes, assumptions, and stereotypes about people living with mental health, suicide, and addiction challenges. Two trained presenters with lived experience talk openly about their experiences and how they have found pathways to hope and healing. Audience members have the opportunity to ask questions, learn more about mental health, suicide, and addiction and challenge misconceptions. Apply now.

IOOV presenter training is an opportunity for those who have struggled with mental health issues, suicide, and addiction to gain confidence by sharing their individual experiences of recovery and transformation. All selected applicants must participate in a two-part training course. There will be an online module as well as a scheduled Zoom practice session.

NAMI In Our Own Voice presentations provide:
  • An opportunity to hear open and honest perspectives on a highly misunderstood topic
  • A chance to ask leaders questions, allowing for a deeper understanding of mental health and dispelling of stereotypes and misconceptions
  • The understanding that people with mental health conditions have lives enriched by hopes, dreams and goals
  • Information on how to learn more about mental health and get involved with the mental health community

For more information about In Our Own Voice, please contact Valerie:
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The Hub: Behavioral Health Action Organization for Southwestern CT
A division of the Regional Youth Adult Social Action Partnership (RYASAP) 

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