May is Mental Health Awareness Month: You Are Not Alone

It’s now been more than a year since the start of the global pandemic, and the mental health impacts have been significant with many people experiencing increased stress, anxiety, depression and more. In one 2020 Centers for Disease Control survey, 40% of U.S. adults reported struggling with mental health or substance use.

Now more than ever we need to come together to raise awareness about mental health, reduce stigma and barriers to care and support those who are struggling. May is Mental Health Awareness Month and, throughout this month, William James College is sharing in the National Alliance on Mental Illness’ 2021 theme message: You are not alone.

Each week, we will ask members of our community to share their thoughts, advice, or experiences on a different mental health topic: from how to find support, to tips for self-care.  Advice will be shared across the College's Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter pages. Follow along by searching the tag #NotAloneWJC on any of these sites. Click the links below to share your own thoughts, advice, or experiences. 

Mental health resources for clinicians, parents, educators and those who need support can be found here in the William James College Resource Hub. Throughout May, we will also be hosting events, including the following (check this page throughout May for updates).

Children’s Mental Health Matters Annual Conference
9:00 am – 2:00 pm on Friday, May 7, 2021

For more information, or to register, click here.

This conference will focus on the topic “Trauma-Informed & Culturally-Responsive Behavioral Health Interventions for Children, Adolescents, and Families in Underserved Communities.” It is hosted by the Child & Adolescent Mental Health Initiative (CAMHI) at William James College, funded by Boston Children's Collaboration for Community Health and sponsored by Justice Resource Institute (JRI).

May Co-Occurring Disorders Virtual Community of Practice
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm on Tuesday, May 11, 2021

To join, please email Maggie Giles at Margaret_giles@williamjames.edu.

Every month, the ADEPT Center at William James College hosts a virtual event for counselors and other mental health professionals to experience and continuously create shared identity through engaging in and contributing to the practices of their communities. The May event theme is: What everyone should know about young adult recovery.

Parenting and Substance Use Disorder: A Bi-Generational Approach
9:00 am – 10:30 am on Wednesday, May 19, 2021

For more information, or to register, click here.

This presentation will review the ways that parenting and substance use disorder interact to impact both the child and parent’s development. It is hosted by the ADEPT Center at William James College in collaboration with HRSA’s Graduate Psychology Education and Opioid Workforce Expansion programs.

Children's Mental Health Matters: A Virtual Event for Caregivers & Families
5:30 pm – 7:30 pm on Tuesday, May 25, 2021

For more information, or to register, click here.

Join for a conversation with Dr. Malena Banks and Dr. Maryam Jernigan-Noesi, authors of the new children's book, "I Miss My Friend". The authors will discuss the impacts of the pandemic and share tips that caretakers can use to help promote the emotional well-being of children during unpredictable times. This event is hosted by CAMHI at William James College and funded by Boston Children's Collaboration for Community Health.

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