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Our Next General Meeting! Zoom In!

Sep 23, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

“Panel presentations & discussion for Parents on Youth with Challenges of Mental Illness”

-Guest Speakers-

Mary & Victor Ojakian

Since the loss of their son, Adam, to suicide in 2004, the Ojakians have been dedicated to increasing awareness of suicide prevention, particularly for Transition Aged Youth or TAY (youth ages 15 to 24 years old). They will tell their story, followed by an explanation of youth suicide attempter data in San Mateo County. They will share concepts and techniques regarding suicide attempts and provide or direct attendees to key materials, including national publications and the HEARD Alliance and its Toolkit (K-12 TOOLKIT FOR MENTAL HEALTH PROMOTION & SUICIDE PREVENTION). We want everyone to know about safety plans/planning.

Ginny Traub & Florian Davos
Having a child diagnosed with a mental illness leads one down a path of fear, worry, and a feeling of helplessness. Our healthcare system offers very little to parents in terms of education and support. Many are also paralyzed by the societal stigma surrounding mental illness, feeling uncomfortable sharing and seeking support from family and friends. The POYG fills that void in a safe and non-judgmental environment. The group is facilitated by parent volunteers, trained by NAMI. They are not mental health professionals yet they have years of experience as parents of children with mental health challenges. The group provides parents a safe environment to express their grief and fears for their children and a means to move through this initial emotional stage towards understanding, acceptance, and advocacy. Ginny and Florian will share some of their lived experiences with issues parent’s face raising youth and young adults with mental illnesses including: 504’s, IEP’s, alternative education, 5150’s, inpatient and outpatient treatment programs, suicide attempts, kids turning 18, refusal to take medications, residential treatment centers, transitioning to college, and the roller coaster ride of recovery and the successes that make it all worthwhile.

Attendees will learn about, and get to share, some of the unique challenges of meeting the educational and emotional needs of children with mental illness as they transition to adulthood, with the goal of facilitating their independent management of their illness, as well as what has worked for families. Attendees will also learn about what the Parents Of Youth and Young Adults Support Group can offer, especially in times of stress, ie during COVID 19. 

The Parents of Youth and Young Adults Support Group (POYG) was created to meet a need in the community.  Having a child diagnosed with a mental illness leads one down a path of fear, worry, and a feeling of helplessness.  Our healthcare system offers very little to parents in terms of education and support.  Many are also paralyzed by the societal stigma surrounding mental illness, feeling uncomfortable sharing and seeking support from family and friends.  The POYG fills that void in a safe and non-judgmental environment.   The group is facilitated by parent volunteers, trained by NAMI.  They are not mental health professionals yet they have years of experience as parents of children with mental health challenges.   The group provides parents a safe environment to express their grief and fears for their children and a means to move through this initial emotional stage towards understanding, acceptance, and advocacy.   

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NAMI San Mateo County General Meetings are free and open to the public. We welcome all who support our mission to improve the quality of life for people with mental illness and their families.

Details

Date:
Sep 23, 2020
Time:
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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NAMI SMC
Phone:
(650) 638-0800
Website:
www.namisanmateo.org