Fall usually includes one of ACMH’s biggest educational and networking events of the year, the ACMH Annual Conference. This year’s event was originally scheduled to take place on September 10th at the Kellogg Center in East Lansing. Like many other events planned for spring, summer and fall, Covid-19 has put a major damper on our plans.
The ACMH Annual Conference was originally created as a venue for families of children and youth with mental health challenges, youth, community partners and policymakers to come together, learn alongside one another and work together to improve mental health services and supports in our state and we hope this year this year will be no exception.
Our team is busy working on ideas for a virtual gathering. Plans will be shared here as they develop so please be sure to check back soon!
You can check out how other events including this year’s Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day Celebration went virtual below:
Each year during Children’s Mental Health Awareness Month, ACMH hosts a special event to highlight the importance of children’s mental health and raise awareness about the real issues facing children and youth with mental health disorders and their families. This year’s event went virtual after Covid-19 put a damper on many of our spring plans including our Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day Luncheon.
#Creative Conversations is a virtual hashtag event created by ACMH’s Statewide Parent and Youth Advisory Committees to give youth and families across our state the opportunity to highlight issues that are important to them and share messages of hope and resiliency. Youth with mental health challenges and their families were invited to share messages of hope, advocacy, and experience on social media through creative mediums such as painting, dancing, cooking, writing or photography. Participants could choose to share their thoughts on a particular issue, their story, or simply express who they are as we all work together to shine a light on children’s mental health awareness.
ACMH shared the creative works on social media throughout the week of May 3rd -9th. You can now also view them by clicking here. Please be sure to check back often as new works will be added throughout the next few weeks, and share with others, as we all work to highlight the importance of children’s mental health in Michigan. Together we can raise awareness and make a difference in children’s mental health!
Awareness Week Resources from the National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health: