Speak Up for Kids 2014 is in full swing and showing no signs of slowing down. There are three more exciting Speak Up for Kids events scheduled this month so be sure to mark them down on your calendar:
- Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls Speak Up for Kids Google Hangout
Wednesday, May 14, 2014, 7:30 PM EST
Comedian Shaylah Evans (MTV) and Dr. Jamie Howard join teens Natasha Lerner and Franny Condon to discuss why we Speak Up for Kids, and share tips on how.
- Win-Win Investment: Building Brain Science & Children's Futures
Thursday, May 15, 2014, 2:50 PM
SkyBridge Alternatives (SALT) Conference, Las Vegas, NV
Dr. Koplewicz will speak to an international audience of thought leaders, public policy officials, and business professionals about the importance of brain research.
- Mind the Gap: Integrating Physical & Mental Health Care
Wednesday, May 21, 2014, 4:00 PM – 6:30 PM
Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago, IL
This event will include opening remarks by the Chicago Bears’ Brandon Marshall followed by a panel discussion featuring American Psychological Association member Dr. Cathy Mavrolas (LaRabida Children’s Hospital) and several Chicago mental healthcare innovators.
Speak Up for Kids has already inspired the kind of action that children’s mental health desperately needs – advocates, role models, and friends speaking out, inspiring those who are still seeking help and hope. This is exactly what teenager Ben Shapiro did when he decided to share his story about struggling with OCD with Psychology Today. He mentions Speak Up for Kids in the quote below:
- “Only when my OCD reached an unbearable level did my family seek intensive treatment. I wish we hadn’t waited that long. My parents hesitated to let me write this story, but I think candor about childhood anxiety is overdue. This month is "Speak Up for Kids" month at the Child Mind Institute, a special month of awareness meant to break the stigma that silences families. I decided to step forward and "speak up" on the chance that hearing my story might help even one other kid. OCD made me feel alienated in a world I was sure only I understood. Had I realized how false that was, that there are millions of us out there, I might have felt a little less alone.”