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Children’s Mental Health Forum to be held in Somerville this week

Children’s Mental Health Forum to be held in Somerville this week

November 2, 2009

On Thursday, November 5, parents, youth, clinicians, child advocates and community members will convene in Somerville to share their experiences in accessing the children’s mental health care system in Massachusetts. This forum, which begins at 5:30pm is co-sponsored by the City of Somerville, the Somerville Committee on Suicide Prevention and Mental Health and The Children’s Mental Health Campaign. The committee was developed after a 2004 suicide crisis in Somerville which has since subsided. One major issue that plagues the community now is the stigma surrounding issues of mental health, so the city has formed a teen empowerment group to address this and other issues such as immigration, economic and employment status that lead to poor mental health.

At this forum, several parents and one youth will speak about their personal experiences in battling mental health. Matt Noyes, the Children’s Mental Health Campaign Manager will also present information on Chapter 321, the state’s omnibus children’s mental health bill signed into law last year to improve the system and provide an update on the state’s Children’s Behavioral Health Initiative.

Please click here to view an informational flyer for the event. We hope you can join us!

-Jessica Hamilton
Policy Associate