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. 

Family Lunch and Learn: conversations about youth mental health 

with Randi Silverman, The Youth Mental Health Project

Millions of families are impacted by youth mental health challenges but we don’t always have the supportive network or the language to talk about the experience. Amy Molloy, Project Director, and Randi Silverman held a four-part series about youth mental health, the impact on families, how to advocate for help and support, and how to achieve and maintain wellness.

Recorded Sessions:

We ALL have mental health…let’s talk about wellness (Recorded November 17, 2020)

Reaching out for help…when, why and how? (Recorded November 18, 2020)

Working together as a Family… what to expect and how to stay strong (Recorded November 19, 2020)

Hope for recovery…what is recovery and how do we get there? (Recorded November 20, 2020)

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

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.



Breathing Room: Creating Capacity to Cope
with Stress and Adversity 

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

Session invited 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 were contextualized within current events; offering participants the opportunity to connect their experiences with the topic. Emphasis was 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

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 reviewed the science of resilience, identified 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.


Friday Forum: continue the conversation with our experts and MHANYS staff

Following “Breathing Room: Creating Capacity to Cope with Stress and Adversity” and “Fostering Resilience in Kids and Families During Challenging Times,” both panelists came together to continue the conversation about stress and resiliency. The discussion answered questions and shared practical tips and resources for promoting wellness. The discussion also included the challenges many families are facing today and anticipating added stress as we enter the Holiday season.


Funding is provided by Mother Cabrini Health Foundation.

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