Franciscan Children’s, a private Catholic hospital in Brighton, and the Archdiocese of Boston have partnered to form the Kids Healthy Minds Initiative, a robust mental health awareness and community education program. One in five children and adolescents has a mental illness. Failure to detect and treat youth mental illness can have significant negative consequences including school failure, substance misuse, suicide, unemployment and early involvement in the criminal justice system. The goal of the Kids Healthy Minds Initiative is to increase community awareness about youth mental health crisis, teach people about the early warning signs of pediatric mental illness and decrease the stigma surrounding mental illness and its treatments.
Keeping Kids Safe is a community education program designed for parents and guardians to provide them with practical skills to help keep children safe from dangerous or abusive situations and risky behaviors. In the last installment of the Demystifying the Teen Brain Speaker Series, parents/guardians will learn the signs and symptoms of trauma due to a variety of factors, including substance misuse, bullying, sexual abuse, physical assault and the improper use of technology. In addition, parents/guardians will learn how to use age appropriate language, create family safety rules and what to do if a child discloses something has happened to them.
In the first installment of the Demystifying the Teen Brain Speaker series, Dr. Ruth Potee will focus on teen brain development and its impact on how teens behave and take risks – such as using alcohol and drugs – and what this means for parents of teens. Dr. Potee will provide an overview of how substances and addictive behaviors impact the brain and how the brain is injured by prolonged exposure to these substances and behaviors. This talk focuses on the three predisposing factors that put individuals at risk for addiction: genetics, early exposure during brain development and history of childhood trauma.
Youth Mental Health First Aid is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis. Youth Mental Health First Aid is primarily designed for adults who regularly interact with young people. The course introduces common mental health challenges for youth, reviews typical adolescent development, and teaches a 5-step action plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, substance use, disorders in which psychosis may occur, disruptive behavior disorders (including AD/HD), and eating disorders.
Impact Norwood, in collaboration with the Norwood Civic Center will be hosting FREE yoga open to the community on Monday, May 14th. Join other members of the community to relax and de-stress in a healthy, positive way! Open to all levels!
4pm-5pm or 6pm-7pm