CHILDREN’S MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS DAY RETURNS TO IN PERSON GATHERING IN 2022!

Join us on Thursday, May 5th, 2022 at the State Capitol State Park in Salem, OR.

After two years of virtual meetings, events, and celebrations, Oregon Family Support Network, is pleased to bring back an in-person Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day celebration with a notable change!  It is time that we move from Awareness and into Acceptance about Children’s Mental Health needs and challenges – and consider that Acceptance changes everything! 

So why are we changing this language and what difference does it make?  The National Federation of Families is OFSN’s parent organization, and we agree with what they have to say about this!

Awareness suggests we are willing to consider that children and youth experiencing mental health challenges have a variety of needs, and strengths.  Acceptance means that we support that children and youth need concrete supports that validate and respect their individuality and experience, recognizing that these things impact their reality – throughout their lives.

Acceptance means that we take what is happening with our children and youth seriously, and work to provide meaningful support and help from within the communities they live in.

Awareness means that we are informed about issues surrounding children’s mental and behavioral health.  Acceptance means that we are invested and committed to promoting, designing, and ensuring appropriate, and effective services across all our child serving systems earlier, to foster a sense of help and healing, and promoting youth and family resilience.

Acceptance means we take the next step to build an inclusive and supportive society which supports all children and youth.

Acceptance moves us to create more equitable and family driven treatment services.

We invite you to join us in celebration and reframing the dialogue about what it means to be a child, youth, parent, or provider of services in this new paradigm of thought!!

We will kick off the day at:

10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Oregon Department of Education building for a training on Legislative Advocacy, presented by Lara Smith and Betsy Jones with L & E Government Relations.

12 p.m. – 12:45 p.m. – Lunch in the State Capitol State Park

12:45 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.   Gather for program at State Capitol State Park

This year, OFSN will be acknowledging the following individuals with the System of Care Champion Award.  This year’s recipients are:

  • Senator Peter Courtney – System of Care ‘Super Champion’ Award (Legislature)
  • Oregon Chapter Child & Adolescent Psychiatry (OCCAP) – System of Care Champion (Organization)
  • Roxanne Wilson and the Alliance to Prevent Suicide – System of Care Champion (Legislative)
  • Annette Lambert – System of Care Champion (Parent Advocate)

To learn more about how you can participate in Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day events, please contact Schellen Cato, schellenc@ofsn.net