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Talking to Our Children about the Capitol Riots by Dr. Chris Ladish

Over the past week we have seen images and watched news that is both concerning and incredibly distressing. For adults, the events at the Capitol add to what has been an unrelenting stream of events in our nation calling for action and response. Managing our distress related to these events is challenging. Those with children have asked how to discuss these events at home. Below are a few suggested guidelines to support our youth.

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Facing the Growing Crisis in Children’s Mental Health

Action team MeetingIn October 2018, Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital with the Washington Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Pierce County Police Chiefs Association, Tacoma School District and HopeSparks convened a Children’s Mental Health Summit. 70-plus leaders and front-line staff – spanning emergency services, law enforcement, mental health, juvenile justice, crisis services, emergency medicine, primary care, education, and social services – came together to define the barriers and begin to identify a common agenda to improve child and adolescent mental health services.

Key summit themes:

  • Agencies across the board have the will to improve. There is tremendous energy to build a collaborative solution and engage in collective action.
  • A formal collaborative effort is needed to bring partners together around a common vision and agenda.
  • Partners share a keen focus on equity as a value and common goal.
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2020 NAMI Washington Youth Community Program of the Year Award

Thanks to your amazing contributions and collaborations Kids’ Mental Health Pierce County was nominated and chosen to receive the 2020 NAMI Washington Youth Community Program of the Year Award.

The NAMI Washington Youth Community Program of the Year Award recognizes a community program or organization that is/has a program which addresses youth mental health and promotes early intervention and education.

The award will be presented during their 2020 Virtual Annual Awards Reception which is being held December 17, 2020 at 6:30 PM.  We hope that you, and your family and friends, and colleagues will be able to join us for the reception.

You can register for the reception here, and we hope you can join us in celebrating this amazing award.

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