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May is Mental Health Awareness Month

By Dave Hamolsky

For a moment, I would like you to think about your personal mental health journey. My journey begins as a very young child. So young, I do not even know how old I was and so young that my memories are an interesting mixture of family stories that have been told to me, conversations that I have had with my father and sister and old pictures that I have seen. This amalgamated memory is of my maternal grandmother. My maternal grandmother was, as the story goes, “schizophrenic.”  Sometime during 1956 – 1960 (when I was young), she was hospitalized in a state mental health institution. My mother and sister would go visit her in the hospital on a regular basis, and sometimes she was brought from the hospital to a family event.

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Autism Awareness Month

By Karen P. Carlson, PhD

Is Autism Awareness Reaching Disadvantaged Families?

April is Autism Awareness Month. In the 1970’s the Autism Society launched a nationwide effort to promote autism awareness, with the goal of ensuring access, understanding and well being (Autism-Society.org). Their campaign was adopted by Congress in 1984 and punctuated by the release of the autism ribbon in 1999. The Eighth Annual World Autism Awareness Day took place on April 2, 2015. This day is dedicated to increasing public awareness, providing celebrations for families and supporters, and fund-raising events.

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April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month

By Dave Hamolsky

April is National Child Abuse Prevention (NCAP) Month and the theme for April 2015 is “make meaningful connections with children and families.” NCAP Month is promoted and organized by the federal Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and the Administration for Children and Families (ACF). Unfortunately, in fiscal year 2013, 6 million children were reported to child protective services. Of those reported, 75% were neglected and most of these children were under the age of 5. As we witness in our work, there are profound effects of child abuse and neglect experienced by survivors, families and communities. To put this in monetary terms, the yearly cost to society is estimated to be $80.3 billion (Institute of Medicine, 2013).

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April is the month of the Military Child

By Meridith St. George

April is the month of the Military Child and this signifies that we have come a long way in recognizing that military service impacts more than just the service member.  There was a time when the view on military families was: if the military wanted you to have a family, they would have issued you one.  We have come a ways since then, though I feel there is still much work to be done.  

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They can’t listen if we don’t talk: thoughts to consider during Alcohol Awareness Month

By José Rivera

In a couple of months, my husband and I will become great-grandparents. This child will be born into a loving, caring family; and he or she will also be born into today’s world, with all its wonders and joys and, unfortunately, dangers.

One of those dangers is the risk that our great-grandchild will succumb to underage drinking. We’d like to think, “Of course not, we’re here!” A sentiment I am certain that most, if not all, families share. Yet, underage drinking continues to be a major public health problem. The numbers speak for themselves:

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