The Federation of Families of SC is hiring new staff! Please click on each link to learn more. Please send all resumes to Belinda.firstname.lastname@example.org.
May 1-7, 2017 is Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week!
The Federation of Families of SC will be holding its annual Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day Rally at the Capitol (North steps) at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, May 3rd. We hope you will join us in raising awareness around the importance of children’s mental health! CMHAW Rally Save the Date
Every year, an art contest is held to select art work for the Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week Poster. This year’s theme is “Messengers of Hope”. There will be a $100 prize for the winning art work, $50 for second place and $25 for third place. Submissions due March 24th! Click here to learn more!
We are hosting a leadership training for parents and caregivers of children and youth with emotional, behavioral, substance use, or mental health challenges. The purpose of this training is to enable parents to become leading advocates for themselves and other families with lived experiences. Individuals who attend this training are ready to learn about the benefits of using their own strengths and talents to help empower other families; ready to establish a Family Support Network in their community; interested in one-on-one parent matches; seeking volunteer opportunities, and willing to participate in conferences, workshops, and meetings. We provide on-going training, technical assistance, and networking opportunities to empower you as you develop advocacy skills and prepare to serve on local, state, and national committees.
Criteria for Attendance:
1. Be a parent or primary caregiver* of a child with emotional, behavioral, or mental health needs and/or a substance use disorder.
2. Be willing and ready to provide support to other families with lived experience.
3. Be willing to promote mental health and family-driven care support.
*Primary caregiver (biological, adoptive, or foster parent or grandparent or other individual providing primary care to the child).
Despite current treatment guidelines, fewer than 10 percent of adults with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders receive treatment for both disorders, and more than 50 percent do not receive treatment for either disorder. The findings highlight a large gap between the prevalence of co-occurring disorders and treatment rates among U.S. adults and the need to identify effective approaches to increasing treatment for those with these conditions. An analysis of data from U.S. adults with both a mental health disorder and a substance use disorder indicates that only 9.1 percent of those adults received both types of care over the past year, and 52.5 percent received neither mental health care nor substance use treatment.
Parent Peer Support Provider Training
Friday, 10/13-Saturday, 10/14
Columbia International University
Join us for our dynamic two-day Parent Peer Support Provider Training!
Parent Peer Support Providers:
*Are primary caregivers (parents, grandparents, stepparents, foster parents, etc.) with lived experience raising a child with emotional, developmental, behavioral, mental health or substance use concerns.
*Assists families with identifying formal and informal supports
*Reduce isolation of family members while promoting trust and hope
*Provide families with skills needed to make informed decisions
The purpose of this training is to set a sound foundation for Parent Peer Support Providers in targeted areas such as:
*Building family strengths
*Behavioral health and treatment
Crtieria for Attendance:
1. You must have lived experience parenting a child with emotional, behavioral, mental health needs and/or substance use disorders. (You may be asked to complete a Readiness Screening to determine if the Parent Peer Support Provider Training or our Leadership Training is more appropriate for you).
2. You must attend the full training (Friday-Saturday) in order to receive the training certificate.
3. You must be willing to assist other families.
4. You must agree to provide the Federation of Families of SC with updates on how you have assisted families in order to receive credits towards provisional or national certification.
Are you ready to assist other families?
Find out how to become a Parent Peer Support Provider today! For more information, please call 803-772-5210/toll-free 866-779-0402.
Register online here
Download your registration packet here