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May is Mental Health Awareness Month, kicking off with Children's Mental Health Week from May 3rd to May 9th!

During your time practicing physical distancing with social warmth, here are a few things you can do to participate in Children's Mental Health Week:

BCH will be hosting it's Caffeinate & Advocate webinar focusing on children's mental health on May 21, 2020 from 10am-11am:

What does Children's Mental Health Week mean to the CMHC team?

Keep an eye out for videos from all six CMHC leadership organizations on Facebook, Twitter and our new Youtube page:

For more ways to celebrate, check out PPAL's calendar of Mental Health Awareness Month events:

COVID-19 Updates

On Thursday, April 30th, MHAP for Kids presented on a webinar for the Alliance for Children’s Rights:

Click here to view the webinar and the accompanying slides.

MHAP for Kids at HLA has pivoted quickly to become an important part of the Covid-19 response in Massachusetts, and they are promoting their strategies statewide and nationally.

Check out this toolkit on pandemic advocacy for SPED, published with the American Bar Association:

The MA Office of the Child Advocate (OCA), in partnership with UMass Medical, is launching a public information campaign.

This campaign is designed to make Massachusetts families aware of state resources that are available to them and encourage struggling families to reach out for help.

Please download and share widely!

The OCA also operates a Complaint Line. Anyone with concerns about a child or youth who is receiving state services can contact them in the following ways:

  • Email: childadvocate@state.ma.us
  • Phone: 617-979-8360

Our list of COVID-19 resources and activities is still growing! Please use them if it makes sense for you and your family to do so.

Updates and REminders.

CMHC has partnered with the Massachusetts Association for Infant Mental Health (MassAIMH) and the MA Department of Mental Health to create an infant and early childhood mental health (IECMH) newsletter.

The first issue is out this week and will go out every other month.

CMHC recognizes that May is often a month of graduation celebrations. In this unprecedented time, we applaud all students and families coming together in creative ways to celebrate the pursuit of goals!

Your Headlines.
Nearly half of the teenagers surveyed say that they are lonelier than usual, and they fear that they are losing ground academically or in their extracurricular activities. Our first instinct may well be to try to sweep away our teenagers’ worries with brooms of reassurance, coach them on how to “stay positive” and encourage them to use this strange timeout from their regular lives to be as productive as possible. But there’s another route we could take that might serve our teenagers better in the long run.
Young children are more likely than any other age group to miss getting counted in the census, partly because they are most likely to live in poverty. In the 2010 Census, an estimated 2.2 million children went uncounted — the equivalent of missing every child in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, Rhode Island and Maine, combined. Even before the pandemic, advocates feared that the numbers might be even higher this year.
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Created with an image by Jessica Rockowitz - "A simple day playing with my youngest, Graham. I adore his imagination."