Dad Blog: Albert Sykes on Raising Sons in Today's Mississippi
Albert Sykes spoke with Families as Allies about his experiences as a young, African American father in Mississippi. He is executive director of IDEA.

Governor Signs SB 2610, Coordinator for Mental Health Accessibility
Mississippi will soon have a Coordinator for Mental Health Accessibility as the governor signs SB 2610, authored by State Senator Hob Bryan.

Jameka Coffey Harkins: Parent Peer Support Graduation Poem
Jameka Coffey Harkins, part of a cohort from the Mississippi Department of Mental Health's peer support certification, read this poem at graduation.

Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN) Request for Applications
The Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs program seeks applications for a grant to align medical/dental homes and community support services.

Minority Mental Health Awareness Month

July is Minority Mental Health Awareness Month. We encourage you to check out this excellent collection of resources from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention ( and you can learn more about Mississippi's chapter here.

We also hope to see all of you at NAMI Mississippi's 2020 virtual Minority Mental Health Conference on July 28 and 29. More info here.

Virtual Family Support Meeting - July 9

This virtual family support meeting is open any families who would like to share their thoughts and ideas with each other.

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Supporting the Social and Emotional Health of Young Children - July 9

The webinar gives practical tips on supporting young children's emotional development and recognizing when you children might need more support.

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Coaching and Support - Monthly Session - July 15

Monthly meeting and online gathering to coach and support parents who are helping other parents in any system.

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Virtual Leadership Training - July 21, 23, 28, 30

This training is for parents of young children birth to 8 and other parents who are interested in being Parent/Caregiver Leaders to serve on decision-making groups and committees. There will be 4 sessions: Tuesday, July 21, Thursday, July 23, Tuesday, July 28 and Thursday, July 30. The sessions begin at 10:00 am and last 1.5 hours.

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2020 Minority Mental Health Conference - NAMI Mississippi - July 28-29

The NAMI Mississippi Minority Mental Health Conference will be held online. Theme: Moving Beyond Stigma.

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Facebook Live - July 29

Whenever a month has a fifth Wednesday, we do a FB Live to share what's going on at Families as Allies and also to get everyone's ideas about Families as Allies and how we can all work together to make things better for our children. 

Resource: Considerations for Reopening Mississippi Schools
The Mississippi Department of Education's Considerations for Reopening Schools document has some specific items that families of children should examine.