It's National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month!
Be sure to check out the resources section of this month's e-newsletter (below) and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest for more on suicide awareness and prevention.
Welcome New Affiliates

We are excited to announce our newest affiliate, Empowering Families, a local chapter of the
Georgia Parent Support Network. Please help us extend a warm welcome to their Director Cathy Gittens as they join our network of individuals, partners, and local and state chapters. We encourage you to visit Georgia's partner list in the Our Affiliates section of our website so you can reach out to Cathy directly and welcome her to the Federation family.
2018 NFFCMH Awards
NFFCMH invites you to nominate individuals and/or organizations to be recognized at the 29th annual conference awards dinner in Houston this November. Please review the award categories and submit your nominations by September 30th . We look forward to reviewing your submissions and celebrating the selected honorees!
29th Annual Conference
Learn more about Keynote Speaker Dr. Victor Rios.
Learn more about Keynote Speaker Liza Long.
Learn more about Panelist Edie Cooper.
Film Screenings
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Be an Exhibitor
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The only national conference dedicated solely to issues that impact children, youth and young adults with behavioral health challenges and their families. Join parents, youth, family members and mental health professionals and advocates from across the country to hear terrific speakers and presenters and to discuss current issues pertaining to children's mental health, from the perspective of families and youth.
PSP Certification Competencies Project
  1. Are you attending the 29th annual conference in Houston?
  2. Are you currently serving in one of the following roles?
  • a parent/family peer support provider
  • a supervisor of parent/family peer support providers or
  • an Executive Director of a family run organization that provides parent/family peer support?

If you answered YES to both of these questions, we cordially invite you to participate in the next step of the competencies revision project - a focus group convening
Thursday, November 1st in Houston before the conference officially begins.
Legislation and Advocacy
The Federation actively represents you as part of the  Mental Health Liaison Group  (MHLG).  
The MHLG is a forum for collaboration among the leading national mental health and addiction-focused organizations. Together, we provide policymakers with information and support in advancing our shared policy priorities. The MHLG hosts congressional staff briefings to share information on trends and best practices in the field; provides annual recommendations on mental health and addiction funding in the federal appropriations bills, writes letters to Congress outlining our position on important legislation
or offering suggestions for improving proposed policies and more .

  • Update on the National Suicide Hotline Improvement Act - The Act, which was passed on July 22 by an overwhelming margin of 379-1, was signed into law by President Trump on August 14th. Bipartisan proposal would move towards creating a new national three-digit code - similar to 911 - to be used for mental health.
  • MHLG Letter of support
  • Read statement from the Trevor Project
  • Article Link

  • Supported the Mental Health Professionals Workforce Shortage Loan Relief Act of 2018 (H.R. 6597). This legislation is a vital step in addressing our nation’s dire shortage of mental health professionals and reducing the unmet mental health treatment gap for Americans across their lifespan.   
  • MHLG Letter of Support to Representatives Katko and Napolitano
  • Press Release

  • The Federation joined other national organizations in a letter to Secretary Azar urging that he deny Kentucky's request to eliminate Non-Emergency Medical Transportation (NEMT) services for Medicaid patients. The Federation also joined others in encouraging comments to be submitted regarding the Kentucky Medicaid Waiver.
  • Letter to Secretary Azar

  • Update on the Mental Health in Schools Act - We have some good news. Senator Smith will re-introduce the Mental Health in Schools Act in the Senate. Most recently, MHLG sent a letter of support for the House bill, sponsored by Representatives Napolitano and Katko, and has supported the bill in previous years.
  • MHLP Letter of Support to Senator Smith
Webinars and Training
New Jersey Inclusive Child Care Project Information Sessions
Date: September, 2018 - February, 2019

The New Jersey Inclusive Child Care Project (NJICCP) will be offering information sessions from September 26, 2018 through February 20, 2019. Information will be presented on such topics as Understanding Special Education for Kids in Child Care, Including All Children, and What to do When a Child Screens Positive for Development Delays. See schedule and additional topics and register below.
Addressing the Needs of Young People with Serious Emotional Disturbance (SED) through a Comprehensive Continuum of Services and Supports
Date: Thursday, September 6, 2018 Time: 3:00-4:30p.m. EDT

This webinar will focus on discussing strategies to expand the adoption of comprehensive mental health support of youth with serious emotional disturbances (SED) in rural schools and communities. During the webinar, a system of care (SOC) approach will be discussed to highlight the importance of interagency collaboration, individualized and strength-based practices, and cultural competence for implementation of comprehensive mental health supports. This webinar will also provide examples of strategies for families and youth to work in partnership with public and private organizations, ensuring supports are effective and build on the individual’s strengths and needs .
Ask The Doctor Webinar Replay! Recording of Early Psychosis Treatment – Why, What and How?
Date: Thursday, September 14, 2018 Time: 9:30-10:30 MST

In the early stages or the first-episode of psychosis, specialized treatment provides the best hope for recovery by slowing, stopping and possibly reversing the effects of psychosis. Learn more about new research into the identification of early psychosis and how treatment using coordinated specialty care is changing the outlook for young people experiencing psychosis.
Facebook Live Event in Recognition of Suicide Prevention Week
Date: Friday, September 14, 2018 Time: 1:00-1:30pm EDT

In recognition of Suicide Prevention week, NIMH is hosting a Facebook live event with NIMH Director Dr. Joshua Gordon and Dr. Jane Pearson, chair of the Suicide Research Consortium in NIMH’s Division of Services and Intervention Research. Dr. Gordon and Dr. Pearson will discuss some of the most recent suicide prevention research findings from NIMH, warning signs, and prevention strategies.
Being the Parent of a Child with SED
Date: Thursday, September 20, 2018 Time: 10:00-11:00pm MST

This webinar will be presented by a parent panel (Medicaid family/CMH family) with an Idaho Federation of Families representative. Attendees will learn where to start when you suspect your child has an SED or your child has recently been diagnosed. What supports exist? What does evaluation and treatment look like? How do the different systems work together to support your family?
Tech Tools for Students: Researching and Organizing for School Projects
Date: Thursday, September 20, 2018 Time: 4:00-5:00pm

This workshop will explore a range of technology to help with school projects for students in middle school, high school, and beyond. We will look at apps, software, and web resources that can help with the completion of school projects. Demonstrations will include tools for online searching, mind mapping, visual organizing, assignment calculators, and creating a bibliography. We will discuss the steps of a project from defining your topic, researching, and organizing information, to creating an outline or plan, citing sources, and managing project completion. Content will be relevant for a range of school projects, such as research papers, posters, presentations, or models.  
Being an Active Participant in your Child’s Transition Before Age Three
Date: Tuesday, September 25, 2018 Time: 6:30-8:30pm

Families will learn to understand and take an active role in the transition process from Part C Early Intervention services to Part B preschool services or other services in the community.
The Fallout of Change: How to Prevent Relapse in Family Trauma Treatment
Date: Tuesday, September 25, 2018 Time: 1:00pm EDT

Fallout of change occurs when positive change initially causes our clients to get worse before they get better. It is like stretching a rubber band that will snap back when we let go. This is a normal occurrence, especially with traumatized children. As a result, a tension point emerges between “I want to change but I don’t want to change”. This tension can then lead to relapse or the fallout of change until the traumatized child and family is able to hang on long enough to settle into a new lifestyle. Please join the Family Trauma Institute for our next webinar discussing relapse prevention using Family Systems Trauma techniques.
Resources and Opportunities
From Youth MOVE National
Youth MOVE National wants to understand the professional youth engagement workforce - and needs your help. They are looking for young professionals doing youth work to fill out their youth workforce development survey. The survey will take about 15 minutes of your time and, o nce completed, you'll be entered to win a $40 Amazon gift card . All answers will remain confidential, but you only have until September 16th to complete it!
From the Suicide Prevention Resource Center
The Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) offers a wide range of tools and resources to assist individuals, professionals, organizations and states with suicide prevention. These include fact sheets, toolkits, trainings, information about suicide prevention programs and funding opportunities and resources to help you take effective action in your community. In recognition of Suicide Prevention and Awareness Month, we hope you will take advantage of these resources and share them with families and colleagues. We all have a role to play in suicide prevention. Together, we can save lives!
Visit SPRC's website here for more information.
From the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides resources and information for specific populations at risk of suicide including youth, disaster survivors, the LGBTQ community, Native Americans, veterans, loss survivors and attempt survivors. They also have a collection of stories of Hope and Recovery and information about how you can help support the national network of local crisis centers. Visit their website here to learn more. Everyone plays a role in suicide prevention.
From Mental Health of America
MHA’s Back to School Toolkit - developed each year in anticipation of the start of the new school year - provides free resources, tools, tips, and information on early identification themes and Before Stage 4 messaging. Download the toolkit here .