The Family and Youth Roundtable (a Network favorite) is hosting their 4th annual Stigma, Discrimination, and Disparities in Children's Services Conference February 13 - 15, 2013. This conference’s purpose is to share learning experiences on what public systems, community based organizations, schools, researchers, families and youth are doing to ensure equity in children’s services. So grab your favorite Valentine and head on out to San Diego be a part of what is quickly becoming the "go to" conference on stigma and discrimination. The Children's Mental Health Network will be there in full force documenting the new learnings that will come out of this conference so be sure to come by and say hello. You can check out the amazing lineup of speakers here.
The Network is especially pleased that Arun Gandhi, grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, will be one of their keynote speakers. Arun is very involved in social programs and writing, as well. Shortly after Arun married his wife Sunanda, they were informed the South African government would not allow her to accompany him there. Sunanda and Arun decided to live in India, and Arun worked for 30 years as a journalist for The Times of India. Together, Arun and Sunanda started projects for the social and economic uplifting of the oppressed using constructive programs, the backbone of Gandhi’s philosophy of nonviolence. The programs changed the lives of more than half a million people in over 300 villages and they still continue to grow. Sunanda died in February of 2007 and the family is working to establish a school in poorest rural India in her name. Visit his website here.