Caring For Children's Mental Health
Has Never Been More Essential!
Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week, May 3 - 9, 2020 is designed to spread awareness about the importance of children's mental health and the need for services that support recovery, resilience, and success for youth and their families. Join our week of online activities and virtual events to promote awareness, reduce stigma, and raise money to fund our important programs. #GivingGratitude (SEE BELOW FOR OUR CALENDAR).
#GivingTuesdayNow is a global day of giving and unity, set to take place on May 5, 2020, during Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week, as an emergency response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19. It’s the perfect time to give and do good.
At The Youth Mental Health Project, we are committed to ensuring that families have support to care for and strengthen their children’s mental health during this extremely challenging time. The need for parent support, which is crucial for helping families care for their kids' mental health, has never been higher. We provide free, direct support to parents and families whose children are struggling with their mental health.
IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19, WE:
- have moved to a virtual platform for parent support
- have substantially increased the number of support meetings available
- launched a new webinar series to support parents who are isolated
- are recruiting and training more volunteers to meet the demand
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
- Join our Fundraising Team. We have all of the tools you need to reach out to your community, friends, and family.
- Donate. Even a small amount can make a big difference.
- Participate in our online activities and virtual events.
- Follow us on Social Media and promote #GivingGratitude.
CHILDREN’S MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS WEEK:
Themes, Events, and Activities (Zoom links and registrations for events will be posted on our Facebook page!)
GRATITUDE SUNDAY - May 3rd ALL DAY
#GivingGratitude - Watch our video on Facebook and Instagram: How to make your own Gratitude Jar, with Lisa Unger and her talented daughter, Sarah. WIN Sarah’s beautifully hand-painted jar. Everyone who donates $25 or more on Sunday, May 3, 2020 to our campaign ("Give Now" button above, or by texting “donate” to 914-208-2095) will automatically be entered into the raffle! The winner will be announced on Facebook the next day and will be contacted privately for shipping instructions.What are you grateful for?
MINDFULNESS MONDAY - May 4th 1-2 p.m. EDT FREE VIRTUAL EVENT.
Spiritual Check-In and Mindfulness Meditation. Join us for Caring for Yourself While Caring for Others with Laurie Braun, D.Min. Treat yourself to a deep breath! Geared toward parents, but older children & teens are also welcome!
Treat yourself to a deep breath! Check-in with yourself and our community of parents during this challenging time in all of our lives. Please join us even if you are new to the idea of meditation, the word ‘spiritual’ makes you nervous, or if you have never done anything like this before!
Share your mindfulness strategies!
Post on Facebook or Instagram pages what helps you stay mindful and in the moment.
TRY-IT-OUT TUESDAY - May 5th 7:00pm EDT FREE VIRTUAL EVENT
Dance and Sing: It’s a Mental Health Thing!
Talented sister duo and musical theater performers Laura and Kayla Moore will be offering a special hour of FREE music and dance lessons for those who want to shake it up and have a little fun. No previous experience required! PARENT AND KIDS WELCOME!
Kayla Moore, performer extraordinaire and recent graduate of The University of Miami with a degree in film business and theater, worked at the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World making magic before being quarantined! Lauren Moore has a BFA in Musical Theatre from Penn State University and has spent the last few years traveling and performing on national tours, regional theaters, and cruise ships! She also runs an audition/vocal coaching company in NYC called Getting Moore.
Guaranteed to bring a smile to your face and support your family’s mental wellness.
WELLNESS WEDNESDAY - Wednesday, May 6th 10-10:30am EDT FREE VIRTUAL EVENT SAVE A MAT.
Pilates for Parents: Healthy Body, Healthy Mind - Join our Free Pilates Class with Instructor Jill Cantor. Never heard of Pilates before? Heard of it but have never tried it? Now’s your chance! No experience required.
Jill Cantor has a passion for fitness and brings an enthusiastic and fun vibe to teaching. She is committed to helping her students reach their goals of increased flexibility, strength and muscle toning using the Pilates method to benefit their lives each day.
Jill offers private, duet and group sessions at The Pilates Line in Pleasantville, at home or for now, via Zoom.
PET THERAPY THURSDAY - May 7th ALL DAY CHECK OUT OUR SOCIAL MEDIA
The Furry Friend Mental Health Project. Show us how your pet supports your family’s mental health! Post videos or photos on our Facebook or Instagram pages (#GivingGratitude) to share how your pet helps maintain good mental health!
CONTEST FOR BEST VIDEO OR PHOTO: WIN “We ALL Have Mental Health Stickers” and reusable shopping bag!
FUN FRIDAY - May 8th at 8:00pm EDT
Join us for a Musical Theater Cabaret with live performances from talented MFA Musical Theater Students and Graduates. Build resilience through the joy of theater!
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