‘Sesame Street’ welcomes new character Julia, who has autism

Sesame Street new character with autismSesame Street has introduced a character who has autism in a new online story. In the story, called “We’re Amazing 1, 2, 3!” Elmo explains his friend Julia has autism so she might act in ways that are a little different.

Julia’s introduction is part of an initiative called “Sesame Street and Autism: See Amazing in All Children”. Share this story and tweet about the ways in which your child is amazing with #seeamazing. Check out “The Amazing Song” video and read more about this story on Yahoo! Parenting.


4th Annual Family Resilience Conference

Devereux Family Resilience Conference Save the Date 2015-front

Op-Ed by Andrew Solomon: The Myth of the ‘Autistic Shooter’

Last week it was reported that the shooter at Umpqua Community College in Oregon may have been autistic. Andrew Solomon has written an Op-Ed in today’s New York Times in response to that report and a Facebook page called “Families Against Autistic Shooters”. Read Andrew’s Op-Ed, “The Myth of the ‘Autistic Shooter’.

Yahoo News Special Report: Patrick Kennedy breaks silence on family’s addiction secrets

Patrick Kennedy Yahoo New interviewCheck out an interview with this year’s key note speaker on Yahoo News. To view the video click on this link: Patrick Kennedy breaks silence on family’s addiction secrets.

“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.

The truth about ACEs

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


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