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Children's Mental Health Awareness Week

On Wednesday, May 9, 2013 the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration will be celebrating National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day (Awareness Day).

This year, Nassau County Family Support System of Care, in partnership with, Long Island Families Together will be participating in events all month long. In addition, we will be hosting our own event on May 4th, 2013 to celebrate National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day.

Here's what we plan to do this year...

Families Together NYS Annual Conference, April 21-22, 2013

Families Together in New York State 2012 Annual Conference

Wellness, Empowerment & Resilience: The Power of Family Support
Sunday, May 21 - Monday, May 22, 2012
at the Marriott Hotel in Albany, New York

Please join youth, families and advocates from across New York State for the
2013 Families Together in New York State Annual Conference

This year's Key Note speaker is Nora Moran who will highlight themes relating to teenage incarceration, familial and social relationships, coping strategies, family support, restorative infrastructure, as well as her work with Puppies Behind Bars (PBB)..

We are also proud to announce that some of our own staff will be conducting workshops at this year's conference.

Susan Burger and Eileen Kadletz
Building A Better Board (Leadership Track)

Sunday, April 21, 2013
Session I • 2:00pm - 3:15pm
All non-profit organizations struggle with attracting, recruiting and retaining the best board members. This is especially true for family organizations. Learn about a board member recruiting process to help your organization capture the type of
board members you need to start building a better board.

Denine M. Anderson-Regan
Social Media For Family Support Organizations: Expanding Your Sphere of Influence (Leadership Track)

Monday, April 22, 2013
Session III • 11:00 am - 12:15 pm
Social media is an important tool that can help your organization strengthen and build relationships with families, supporters and donors. Learn how various platforms such as FaceBook, Twitter, Pinterest and more, enables family-run support organizations to reach a wide array of people in a short amount of time.

For more information, please contact Tracie Killar at

We hope to see you at the conference!

19th Annual Symposium, Moving Forward in Children’s Mental Health, May 8, 2013

19th Annual Symposium
Moving Forward in Children’s Mental Health
“Transition: Strengthening Families Through Stages and Ages”

Wednesday, May 8th, 2013
8:30 am - 3:00 pm

Melville Marriott
1350 Old Walt Whitman Road
Melville, NY 11747

Featuring Keynote Speakers
Debra Paradiso, Youth Speaker
Arielle Anderson, Youth Speaker
Dr. Jeffrey Woodberry, Principal
Half Hollow Hills High School East

For additional information on this Symposium, please see the brochure.

Please RSVP by May 1st, 2013
Tel: (631) 761-3181

Or return the registration portion of the brochure to:
Cheryl Williams, OMH Regional PA
Pilgrim Psychiatric Center, Bldg 45 - 3
998 Crooked Hill Road
Brentwood, NY 11717
Fax: (631) 761-2820

Community Health Fair, "Healthy Minds, Healthy Bodies" for Families & Youth, May 4, 2013

Long Island Families Together and Nassau County Family Support System of Care are holding a “Healthy Minds, Healthy Bodies” Community Health Fair for transition-aged youth to celebrate Children’s Mental Health Awareness month.

• The event will be held on Saturday May 4th from 1 – 4 PM.
• Setup begins at 12 noon. Clean-up begins at 5pm.

This event will have:
• a 1-hour skit by The Truth Urban Theater Group,
• a 1-hour panel discussion about youth-related topics by our Youth Engagement Specialist, Nicole Giambalvo, and Desiree Moore of YOUTHPOWER!,
• a friendly chat and drum session with Mike Veny,
• as well as interactive agency tables.

Immediately following, there will also be a youth-run RiseUP! event from 4 – 5pm.

We are offering tables to agencies and organizations within our community free of charge. We kindly ask that agencies provide the children and youth in attendance with information in a meaningful way rather than only handing out printed materials.

If you’re interested in reserving a table free of charge, please contact Denine Anderson-Regan,, or at 631.264.5438 ext. 106.

If you’re interested in participating in the Youth event, please contact Nicole Giambalvo,, or at 631.264.5438 ext. 104.

"Healthy Minds, Healthy Bodies" Event

Register a Table

RiseUP! Youth Jam Flyer

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