How to access mental health and wellness for your child and your community

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Our Panel

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Patrick Kennedy,
Former Congressman from Rhode Island and founder of the Kennedy Forum. Leading voice on Mental health and addiction advocates.

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Amy Kennedy,
Education Director of The Kennedy Forum, with over 15 years of experience working in public schools. Mental health advocate

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Jason Kahn,
Co-founder and Chief Science Officer, Mightier Instructor in Psychiatry (part-time), Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School

We Will Discuss

  1. The current state of youth mental health and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic
  2. Mental health in schools—what’s being done and where we should be headed
  3. The role parents and caregivers play in shaping new strategies and practices that embody total health (brain and body) both individually and at a community level
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Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on youth
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What is a mental health advocate?

Individuals who support and help those who are struggling with their mental health in many ways, including:

  • Telling their own stories to others face to face or through blogs, social media, speaking engagements
  • Actively listening to someone who needs support
  • Volunteer at a local organization
  • Encourage local politicians to prioritize mental health
  • Correct those who use stigmatizing language
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Mental health in schools

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Mental health in schools: Special Education

504 Plan

Provides services and changes to the learning environment to enable students to learn alongside their peers.

Who Qualifies?

    1. A child has any disability.
    2. The disability must interfere with the child’s ability to learn in a general education classroom.

Helps the child to:

    • Receive specific accommodations, supports, or services

Individualized Education Plan

Provides individualized special education and related services to meet a child’s unique needs.

Who Qualifies?

    1. A child has one or more of the 13 disabilities listed in IDEA. (examples include ADHD, Autism, and others)
    2. The disability must affect the child’s educational
      performance and/or ability to learn and benefit from the general education curriculum. The child must need specialized instruction to make progress in school.

Helps the child to:

    • Receive additional services including OT, speech therapy, mental health counseling, PT, and others
    • Receive accommodations to change the child’s learning environment
    • Receive modifications to change what child is expected to learn or know

Assessing Special Education and Mental Health Supports for Individuals

  • Talk to a professional (pediatrician, school teacher, counselor, etc.)
  • Get your child evaluated (if applicable)
  • Find allies in your family’s journey
  • Empower your child with additional supports and resources as needed
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Assessing Special Education and Mental Health Supports for Schools

  • Increased funding for many schools and districts
  • Choose preventative and total health interventions
  • Parents and educators advocate together for additional support for the school community
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Learn More!

The Kennedy Forum leads a national dialogue on transforming the health care system by uniting mental health advocates, business leaders, and government agencies around a common set of principles, including full implementation of the Federal Parity Law.

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