May 9, 2018

May is Children’s Mental Health Awareness Month


Mental health - an essential part of children's overall health - has a complex interactive relationship with their physical health and their ability to succeed in school, at work and in society. The emotional well-being of children is just as important as their physical health. Good mental health allows children and young people to develop the resilience to cope with whatever life throws at them and grow into well-rounded, healthy adults.


Things that can help keep children and young people mentally well include:


  • Being in good physical health, eating a balanced diet and getting regular exercise
  • Having time and the freedom to play, indoors and outdoors
  • Going to a school that looks after the well-being of all its students
  • Taking part in local activities for young people.


Other factors are also important, including:


  • Feeling loved, trusted, understood, valued and safe
  • Being able to learn and having opportunities to succeed
  • Accepting who they are and recognizing what they are good at
  • having a sense of belonging in their family, school and community


Additional Information:


The Center’s Mental Health Resources


Treatment of Children with Mental Illness

Recently Added Resources/Publications:




Making Everyday Moments, Communication Moments


Busting Myths and Uncovering the Ins and Outs of the Florida Abuse Hotline


Child Sexual Abuse Accommodation Syndrome

Upcoming Events

DCF Eligibility and Finance Training, May 15 - 16, 2018, Sheraton Lake Buena Vista Resort, 12205 S. Apopka Vineland Road, Orlando, FL, 32836


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Click HERE for the registration form.


Florida’s Adoption Information & Independent Living Resource Center - Spring Statewide Training, May 17 - 18, 2018, Orlando, FL


In the tradition of building and sharing expertise, the Annual Foster Care Conference will address a wide variety of problems facing foster care specialists, foster parents and various social service professionals who desire to enhance their skills in order to create the best foster home environment. The conference will offer numerous seminars, general sessions, workshops, exhibits, and networking opportunities designed both for professionals interested in increasing the effectiveness of their programs and for foster parents desiring to improve their parenting skills. Each general session and workshop will present innovative ideas on how those of us working with youth can deal with the ever-changing situations we face.


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I Take it Back: Winning Your Case with a Recanting Witness, Friday, May 18, 2018, 2:00pm - 3:30pm (Eastern)


Presented by: Mary-Ann Burkhart, Director of the National Center for Prosecution of Child Abuse at the National District Attorney’s Association.


Recantation is a common component in prosecuting cases of child abuse and, too often, the mistaken belief is that recantation signals the end of a successful prosecution. This presentation will focus on ways to analyze the dependency case with an eye toward preventing recantation, investigating reports of recantation if it does occur, and explaining recantation to a judge to rehabilitate your victim’s credibility.


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