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May Parent Connections Meeting
May is Mental Health Awareness Month
#ISpeakUp Campaign
Flipswitch for Teens
Speak Up for Kids Events
NAMI Activities and Information
NIMH Study on Bullying and Mental Illness
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May 2014

Hello Evanston CASE community,


May is Mental Health Awareness month and May 4th-10th is Children's Mental Health Awareness Week.  In 2013, President Obama proclaimed May as National Mental Health Awareness Month and brought the issue of mental health to the forefront of our thoughts.


Last May, CASE presented our concerns to the D202 School Board regarding their mental health programs and services.  This year, we intend to make a brief statement at both the D65 and D202 Board meetings to bring awareness to the mental health needs of our students, as well as educating the broader Evanston community about the ways they can combat stigma.


The Parent Connections meeting this month will provide a forum to discuss ways to advocate for your child or teen who has an emotional disability.


Participate in the Child Mind Institute's #ISpeakUp campaign to reduce the stigma of mental illness.  Read below about ways you can help.


Visit the Balanced Mind Foundation's website to learn about their Flipswitch podcasts and MP3 recordings for teens struggling with mental illness.


Read about NAMI's mental health awareness activities.


And finally, read a recent study funded by the National Institute on Mental Health (NIMH) regarding the impact of bullying on long term mental health.


I hope you find this information useful.


Warm regards,


Cari Levin, LCSW

Founding Director

Evanston CASE 


May 13th Parent Connections Meeting

"How to Advocate for Your Child With an Emotional Disability"


Join us for the May Parent Connections meeting. We will provide a forum for parents to discuss their experiences and concerns as they try to secure appropriate services and supports for the children and teens who are struggling with emotional disabilities.  We will also discuss advocacy strategies and the school's responsibilities to support your students social and emotional growth.


May 13th, 7-9 pm

Evanston Public Library, Downtown Branch

May is Mental Health Awareness Month


May is Mental Health Awareness Month 


3 Reasons to Speak Up

1. Everyone has a personal reason to take action. Whether it's you, your child, a parent, a partner, or a friend, we are all affected by psychiatric and learning problems. When we join voices, we bring these everyday problems out of the dark and into the open-where they belong. We can help when the millions of people who live it, speak it.

2. The future hangs in the balance. More than 15 million American children have a psychiatric or learning disorder, and less then half of them get help. This puts them at increased risk for academic failure, alcohol and substance abuse, bullying, conflict with their families and authorities, unemployment, and suicide. Stigma and the status quo thrive when we're silent, so we need to act now.

3. By getting loud now, we can make a difference. Together we can create a world in which mental health and learning differences are talked about as openly as physical health. Together we can get more kids the help they deserve. Speak Up today!


"#ISpeakUp" Mental Health Awareness Campaign


Every year the Child Mind Institute sponsors their Speak Up for Kids initiative to combat the stigma of mental illness. 


The following are some ways that you can participate in educating others about mental illness.


1. ChildMind is encouraging people to post on Facebook or Twitter a "selfie" holding a sign that says, "I Speak Up because..." with a fill in the blank.  You can print out the sign online.  Its a easy way to spread the word and initiate conversation.  Check it out HERE


2. Take the Children's Mental Health Quiz.  Just how outrageous are the roadblocks to children's mental health care?  Take the quiz to find out.  HERE


3. Attend an event or watch a webcast. 

In Chicago on May 21st at 4:00 pm, at the Museum of Science and Industry:

 "Speak Up for Kids Chicago panelists will discuss innovative approaches to improve the quality of care provided to youth and families of our country, and those of Chicago. They'll talk about the benefits they have seen from addressing mental and physical health conditions in a coordinated, collaborative manner. They'll also talk about the challenges with integrated care, and what is being done to address them."  Speakers will include Chicago Bear's player Brandon Marshall and his wife Michi, as well as noted Chicago mental health professionals. To learn more about the event or sign up for the podcast, click HERE


4. Visit the Child Mind Institute's website to learn more about childhood mental illness:




Flipswitch Podcasts for Teens and 20's

from the Balanced Mind Foundation


Visit the Balanced Mind Foundation's Flipswitch page to learn about their podcasts on a variety of mental health related topics, as well as their MP3 library of talks by celebrities geared toward teens with mental illness. 


Downloadable MP3's

View Mental Health Awareness Presentations on Demand


Speak Up for Kids Events in May

May 1, 2014 - New York City

Anxious Children, Anxious Adults

New York Times bestselling author Scott Stossel shares his story of living with an anxiety disorder with Dr. Jerry Bubrick and Ali Wentworth

May 6, 2014 - Washington, DC

Lessons from Newtown

Child Mind Institute President Harold S. Koplewicz, MD, gives a keynote at the National Council for Behavioral Health Conference

May 8, 2014 - Los Angeles

Taking a Leading Role

Brian Grazer, Jason Katims, David O. Russell, and Ted Sarandos discuss the way film and TV can change the way we think about child and adolescent psychiatric disorders with Willow Bay

May 15, 2014 - Las Vegas

Win-Win Investment

Harold S. Koplewicz, MD, addresses the intertwined futures of brain science and our children at the SkyBridge Alternatives (SALT) Conference

May 21, 2014 - Chicago

Mind the Gap

The Chicago Bears' Brandon Marshall and Michi Marshal join Heather Higgins Alderman, Barbara Bowman, Ricardo Estrada, Drs. Bennett Leventhal and Cathy Mavrolas to discuss the importance of integrating physical and child mental health care with Gery J. Chico



NAMI Activities and Information for Children's Mental Health Awareness Week

May 4th-10th

 Children's Mental Health Awareness Week is May 4-10. May 8 marks Children's Mental Health Awareness Day. NAMI has created resources around this important topic, including presentations and fact sheets on early identification, warning signs and statistics on mental health in youth. NAMI also offers Ending the Silence, an in-school, lived-experience presentation on mental health for high school students, as well as NAMI On Campus, a college-based club that supports students' mental health. We also offer an online community for youth and young adults,, where individuals can connect with peers online.


NIMH Study on Bullying and Mental Health


Once considered a childhood rite of passage, bullying lingers well into adulthood. Bullies and victims alike are at risk for psychiatric problems such as anxiety, depression, substance abuse, and suicide when they become adults, reported a study partially funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) that was published in the April issue of JAMA Psychiatry.


Read more HERE