Early Education Twitter Chat about Family Engagement in Libraries with MomsRising

Twitter Chat about Family Engagement in Libraries

Join #EarlyEdChat on October 19th @2pmET w/ @MomsRising & @GlobalFRP to talk about Family Engagement in Libraries

SAMHSA’s National Prevention Week 2017: Making Each Day Count

National Prevention Week (NPW) is May 14 to 20, 2017, and is an annual health observance focused on increasing public awareness of, and action around, mental health and substance use disorders. Each year, communities and organizations across the country come together to raise awareness about the importance of substance use prevention and positive mental health. This year’s theme is “Making Each Day Count.”

For more information and to register for their live web event on Monday, May 15th visit SAMHSA’s Prevention Day website.

National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day

National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day seeks to raise awareness about the importance of children’s mental health and to show that positive mental health is essential to a child’s healthy development from birth.

Awareness Day 2017’s national focus is on the importance of integrating behavioral health and primary care for children, youth, and young adults with mental and/or substance use disorders. The 2017 national theme is “Partnering for Help and Hope.”

Olympic champions Michael Phelps, the world’s most decorated Olympian, and Allison Schmitt, an eight–time Olympic medalist will serve as Honorary Chairpersons of SAMHSA’s National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day 2017 national event on Thursday, May 4th at 7 p.m. EDT in Washington, DC.

The event will feature interactive panel discussions about understanding the connection between physical and behavioral health; improving communication between primary care providers, behavioral health providers, and youth and families; and supporting the mental health needs of youth who experience chronic illness.

SAMHSA will webcast the event live on www.samhsa.gov/children. Viewers can join the online conversation using #HeroesofHope and pose questions to onstage panelists via Twitter and email during the event.

National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day is this Thursday!

MH_Awareness_2016The 2016 national event will take place on Thursday, May 5, at 7 p.m. EDT in Washington, DC. The event—Awareness Day 2016: “Finding Help, Finding Hope.”—will explore how communities can increase access to behavioral health services and supports for children, youth, and young adults who experience mental or substance use disorders and their families.

The event will feature a highly interactive format in which youth and family leaders, educators, law enforcement officials, and behavioral health professionals will discuss how communities can work together to improve access to behavioral health services and supports. It will also be webcast live.

Register to attend the national event and learn more:

The Month of May is also National Mental Health Awareness Month. Read the Presidential Proclamation.

Autism Speaks Walk Philadelphia Date Announced

autism-speaks-walk-2016-logo-hp3The Autism Speaks Walk for Philadelphia
will be
Saturday, October 22, 2016
Citizens Bank Park
Help spread the word!
For more details visit their website.

March is Brain Injury Awareness Month

March is Brain Injury Awareness MonthRead more about Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) at the Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) website.

Read some personal accounts of TBI at HuffPost.

Learn about Devereux’s Community Living Program for Individuals with Brain Injury.

Parent Support Group

Parent Support Group

In addition to weekly Wednesday sessions Child & Family Connections has added weekly Saturday sessions to their Parent Support Group for parents with a mental illness. Please help them to spread the word about this Free Nationwide Parent Support Group.

No registration required. Call at start of group (toll free 1-888-601-3515) or participate online at https://www.uberconference.com/childandfamily




Parenting Day to Night—January 7, 2016

NYU Langone’s Child Study Center hosts weekly workshops on various topics related to raising healthy kids, managing behavior, and emotional health.

The next one scheduled on January 7, 2016 is “Parenting Day to Night”.   Parenting is more than a full-time job—especially for kids with ADHD. This workshop presents practical advice for getting through the day—from morning routine to bedtime—with less stress and resistance.

To register for this workshop and to view their schedule of upcoming workshops see:


November is National Family Caregivers Month

National Family Caregivers Month 2015

This year’s theme is “Respite: Care for Caregivers“.

R     is for “Rest and Relaxation”
E     as in “Energize”
S     as in “Sleep”
P     is for “Programs that can help you”
I     as in “Imagination”
T     as in “Take Five”
E     is for “Exhale”

Read more: http://nfca.typepad.com/nfc_month_2015/

Play without Boundaries at Please Touch Museum

PlayWithoutBoundaries2015Play without Boundaries at the Please Touch Museum this coming Friday, October 23rd, 2015.

From 6-8 PM, the museum will be open just to families of children with disabilities.  Children will be able to explore the museum without crowds, bright lights or loud noise.

For more information, call 215-578-5133 or contact accessibility@pleasetouchmuseum.org.