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SAMHSA Hosting Daily Webinars During Children’s Mental Health Week

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Office of Recovery announced that it is hosting a series of webinars during Children’s Mental Health Week. Guest speakers include Barbara Huff, Barb Scheidegger, FREDLA, Youth ERA, NAMI, Federation of Families, and Youth MOVE.

Below is the schedule that SAMHSA sent out and the registration links for each individual webinar. We encourage you to attend all that look interesting!

Monday, May 8th, from 1 to 2 p.m. EDT
Topic: History of Children’s Mental Health Week
Learn about how Children’s Mental Health Week was born!
Presenters: Barbara Huff, Founding Director of the National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health and Barb Scheidegger, Executive Director of Missouri Families 4 Families.
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Tuesday, May 9th, from 1 to 2 p.m. EDT
Topic/Title: Self-Care Practice for Youth and Advocates for Youth with Messages of Hope in Recovery from Youth with Lived Experiences
Hear about the importance of strategies and self-reflection tools that can be used for managing self-care. Youth and young adults with broad lived experiences will share inspiring, impactful, and empowering messages about how incorporating self-care practices into their daily lives has supported and enhanced their recovery journey.
Presenters: Youth MOVE National
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Wednesday, May 10th, from 1 to 2 p.m. EDT
Topic: Moving from Awareness to Acceptance: An Intimate Conversation with Karl and Kathy Dennis 
Presenter: Lynda Gargan, Ph.D. – Executive Director, National Federation of Families; Karl and Kathy Dennis, Pioneers and Advocates for Acceptance through Unconditional Care.
Join us as Karl and Kathy Dennis discuss their journey to create acceptance for all children and families through unconditional care and this approach’s positive social justice implications.
Presenter: Lynda Gargan – Federation of Families
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Thursday, May 11th, from 1 to 2 p.m. EDT
Topic: What Oxford University Research says about Youth Peer Support
Hear from youth about the importance of peers helping peers and what the research shows to support that message.
Presenter: Martin Rafferty – Youth ERA
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Friday, May 12th, from 1 to 2 p.m. EDT
Topic: Many Pathways to Children’s Mental Health
Pat Hunt – FREDLA – What does the research say about Family to Family Peer Support?
Susan Stearns – NAMI- What does Parent Peer support look like in implementation?
Hugh Davis – Wisconsin Family Ties – A call to action from lived experience!
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If you have any further questions or want more information about the webinar series, please get in touch with Elizabeth Sweet at

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