NEW – Current Opportunities to Share Your Voice:
#CreativeConversations – Share your message of hope, advocacy, and experience during ACMH’s virtual event to honor Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week! Learn more about the event and how to be a part of it here.
Survey Opportunities: Parents/Youth/Young Adults – The following partners want to hear from you:
- Parent Views on Distance Learning Survey
The Education Trust-Midwest is surveying Michigan parents to better understand what is working, what is not working, and what parents and students need when it comes to distance and online learning. The information shared by parents will help inform Michigan educators and policymakers, and is critical to understanding how school closures are impacting student learning at home. Survey link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/YDQJ32J
- FosterClub https://www.fosterclub.com/ is surveying young adults, age 18-24 who have experienced the foster care system. We know COVID-19 continues to impact young people across the country – and we want to know how young people in and from foster care are doing now. For this survey, we’re looking to hear from young people ages 18 through 24.The first 400 young people who complete a survey and can be confirmed as falling in the requirements will be sent a $25 gift card. We promise to keep personal information confidential. Survey Link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/8XJ765Q
ACMH Supporting Future Family Leaders!
ACMH’s dream is that ALL Michigan children and youth with serious emotional disturbance and their families live in safe, welcoming communities with access to needed services and supports.
We know the best way to accomplish this task is to empower parents and youth, strengthen family voice and enhance and expand family driven and youth guided practices by continuing to promote Michigan families as the primary decision maker in the care of their own children and policies which govern the care for all children and youth throughout Michigan.
Our overarching strategy for all of the work that we do is supporting the development of family leaders throughout Michigan by providing information, support, training, leadership and networking opportunities. These opportunities not only support family members to effectively meet the day to day mental health needs of their children; but also to use their ‘voice of experience’ to help advocate for their child and shape and improve mental health services for all children & their families.
ACMH conducts a variety of activities to help develop family leaders across the Michigan, including:
- Hosting local and statewide Parent Leadership Camps & Series
- Hosting Youth Leadership Trainings & Networking Opportunities
- Identifying new parent & youth leaders to connect to leadership and advocacy roles in children’s mental health
- Offering training and education sessions on topics of interest for families in targeted areas of the state to increase connections and networking opportunities for families and improve family and youth capacity for self and systems advocacy
- Conducting training and technical assistance to local communities interested in developing, implementing and supporting Parent Support Groups or other parent leadership opportunities in their community
- Supporting the work of the Statewide Youth & Parent Advisory Committees in Michigan.
ACMH believes that building a strong network of family leaders across Michigan is the most effective strategy to spread awareness about the real issues of children and youth with mental health challenges and their families!
Click on the links to the right to learn more & get empowered with ACMH Family Leadership opportunities!