4th Annual Family Resilience Conference

Devereux Family Resilience Conference Save the Date 2015

Tipping the Scales: The Resilience Game


Check out the Center on the Developing Child’s multimedia game: Tipping the Scales: The Resilience Game

In this game, you learn how the choices we make can help children and the community as a whole become more resilient in the face of serious challenges. Negative events can occur at any time, and it’s your job to choose positive events to counteract these negatives.

The Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University was established in 2006. Their mission is to drive science-based innovation that achieves breakthrough outcomes for children facing adversity.

“A Common Struggle” will be released on October 5, 2015

A Common Struggle

On October 5, 2015, Patrick Kennedy’s book, A Common Struggle, will be released. The book details his personal and political battle with mental illness and addiction, exploring mental health care’s history in the country alongside his and every family’s private struggles.

A Common Struggle weaves together Kennedy’s private and professional narratives, echoing Kennedy’s philosophy that for him, the personal is political and the political personal. Focusing on the years from his ’coming out’ about suffering from bipolar disorder and addiction to the present day, the book examines Kennedy’s journey toward recovery and reflects on Americans’ propensity to treat mental illnesses as “family secrets.”

Patrick’s new book will be available for purchase at the 4th Annual Family Resilience Conference. He will do a book signing following his keynote address and audience Q&A.

Building Family Bonds Workshop

Building Family Bonds Workshop
The “Building Family Bonds Workshop” sponsored by Child and Family Connections, Inc. takes place on Wednesday, October 14th. For more information, visit their website:  http://www.childfamilyconnections.org

Mental Health & Wellness Symposium at Free Library of Philadelphia on September 14, 2015.


For more information this symposium hosted by the Mental Health Association of SEPA see the MHASP Advocacy Facebook page.

September 7 – 12, 2015 is National Suicide Prevention Week

Do you have questions about suicide prevention such as the following”

Is it possible to predict who will attempt suicide?
Are there any national efforts to address suicide prevention?
Has suicide been linked to anything beyond feelings of despair?
I’m worried that a loved one may be contemplating suicide. What should I do to help him?

To see answers to these questions, visit the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation’s website at https://bbrfoundation.org/frequently-asked-questions-about-suicide-prevention

25th anniversary of the ADA

Patricks speaks about the ADA

July 26, 2015 marked the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Listen to what Patrick has to say about the ADA.

Kennedy Forum releases 2nd edition of “Parity Resource Guide for Addiction & Mental Health Consumers, Providers and Advocates”

Parity Resource Guide for Addiction & Mental Health Consumers, Providers and AdvocatesThe Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act was passed in 2008. The final regulations were published in 2013 and are now in full effect. For those being denied the care they need and are guaranteed under this law, The Kennedy Forum has released the second edition of the, “Parity Resource Guide for Addiction & Mental Health Consumers, Providers and Advocates”.

This guide is intended to assist individuals and families who need help filing appeals when their access to behavioral health services has been denied or when their health plans refuse to pay after they have received treatment.

The truth about ACEs

Infographic: The Truth About ACEs by RWJF on RWJF.org

Autism best treated in predictable environment according to new study

New research finds that being raised in a stable and predictable environment has the potential to reverse some autistic symptoms. The recently published study by researchers at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology seems to support the “Intense Word Theory” of autism.  You can read more about Henry Markram’s Intense World theory in the article “The Boy Whose Brain Could Unlock Autism“.   You can read a summary of the research study on the Healthline News website or the original research article in the Frontiers in Neuroscience journal.


Reflections on the 25th Anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act

Dr. Dan Gottlieb, host of NPR’s popular “Voices in the Family” radio program reflects on the “25th Anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act” on the HuffPost. Dr. Gottlieb was also our 1st Community of Hope Award Recipient.


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