We are excited to announce the launch of our family-focused, virtual learning communities to support and inform caregivers and parents about youth mental health and wellness. 

The Power of Care, Comfort & Connection
for our Emotional Health

October 27th, 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Jen Marr, Founder & CEO, Inspiring Comfort, and author of “Paws to Comfort”

Through this powerful keynote, participants will unlock the key to a more fulfilling and purposeful life by knowing how to comfort. Our emotional health is built on the strength of our relationships and these are held together by helping each other when we struggle. This human care skill is highly individualized and takes advantage of personal strengths to initiate care. Participants will walk away having gained new perspectives, practical skills and actionable tips to help mend their corner of our hurting world.


Check back for information about our “Paws to Comfort” book study scheduled for the week of December 1 and December 8. Each book study is two sessions, including small group discussions with staff from Inspiring Comfort. Space is limited; book is provided.


LIKE Documentary: Screening and Panel Discussion

November 6th, 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

LIKE is an IndieFlix Original documentary that explores the impact of social media on our lives and the effects of technology on the brain.  Following the documentary screening, the filmmaker and a panel of experts will answer questions from participants.



Breathing Room: Creating Capacity to Cope
with Stress and Adversity 

November 10th, 7:00 pm to 8:15 pm

Amy Scheel-Jones, Senior Consultant, Coordinated Care Services, Inc.

Session will invite participants to more fully understand the continuum of stress, adversity and trauma and the impact it has on our brains, bodies, and behaviors. These topics will be contextualized within current events; offering participants the opportunity to connect their experiences with the topic. Emphasis will be placed on using this understanding to incorporate strategies to improve coping and foster resilience for themselves, their families and their communities, utilizing a strength-based, engaging, and action-oriented approach.


Fostering Resilience in Kids and Families
During Challenging Times

November 12th, 7:00 pm to 8:15 pm

Melissa Castle Heatly, Ph.D., Director, Expanded School Mental Health Initiatives at Pediatric Behavioral Health & Wellness, Department of Psychiatry, University of Rochester Medical Center

While times of stress and uncertainty are profoundly challenging, they also offer opportunities to build resilience in children. This conversation will review the science of resilience, identify concrete strategies for how parents can support their children’s resiliency, and ways parents can develop their own resiliency during times of personal, community, and global crisis.


Funding is provided by Mother Cabrini Health Foundation.

Contact Us

Please contact us at schools@mhanys.org or call 518.434.0439 from 8 am to 5 pm.

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