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School-Based Mental Health Resources and Systems of Support

This session includes information about the various mental health resources available in local school districts that are provided through a multi-tiered system of support. A student’s mental and psychological wellness are integral to school success, but barriers to learning often impede students who are already dealing with other non-academic struggles. Teams of school-based mental health professionals are available to assist with eliminating those barriers and providing the supports necessary for struggling students to engage in school and demonstrate their true academic ability.

School-Based Mental Health Resources and Systems of Support

NAMI Family-to-Family

This session provides information on the NAMI Family-to-Family program. The Family-to-Family course consists of a series of classes for family members of adults with serious and persistent mental illness, as well as those whose behaviors suggest such a diagnosis. It is designed to help families face the challenges of brain disorders and find support, resources, and coping strategies. The course is provided free of charge. Family-to-Family is an experiential education course on mental illness that meets twelve weeks, two and a half hours per week. The course uses a combination of lectures, interactive exercises, and group processes. The curriculum consists of Brain Biology, Schizophrenia, Major Depression, Mania and Schizo-Affective Disorder, Mood Disorders, Basics about the Brain, Problem-Solving Skills, Medication Review, Empathy and Understanding, Communication Skills, Self-Care, and Recovery.

NAMI Family-to-Family

Meet Dr. Verra-Tirado, Chief, Bureau of Exceptional Ed and Student Services, FDOE

In this session, Dr. Verra-Tirado provides participants with an update on the latest initiatives and activities of the Bureau, which administers education programs for students with disabilities, coordinates student services throughout the state, and participates in multiple inter-agency efforts designed to strengthen the quality and variety of services available to students with special needs.

Meet Dr. Verra-Tirado, Chief, Bureau of Exceptional Ed and Student Services, FDOE

Sunday Keynote with Zach Anner

The Sunday keynote at The 16th Annual Family Cafe featured self-advocate and comedian Zach Anner. Zach Anner has cerebral palsy, but that has not stopped him from landing his dream job of becoming a comedian and television host. He came to national attention while competing on Oprah Winfrey’s “Your Own Show, Oprah’s Search for the Next T.V. Star.” After winning the competition, he went on to host “Rollin’ with Zach,” which aired on the OWN network and received the Barbara Jordan Media Award for Entertainment in 2012. He then went on to start his own entertainment company and produced and hosted the Internet powered travel show, “Riding Shotgun with Zach Anner,” and the upbeat comedic workout series, “Workout Wednesdays.” He has been featured in The New York Times, Time, Newsweek, Austin Monthly, and New Mobility and has been interviewed by dozens of national news organizations, including ABC, Fox News, and CNN’s Human Factor. He recently moved to Los Angeles where he is hosting a new series called “Have a Little Faith,” in which he uses his humor and charm to explore lesser-known religions, presenting them from the point of view of true believers. Its second season is currently being released on Soul Pancake. In this keynote at The 16th Annual Family Cafe, he tells the compelling story of his unusual career path, the development of his work ethic,and how he continues to break down barriers and attain success in the competitive business of entertainment.

Sunday Keynote with Zach Anner 

Delegate Roundtable: Mental Health

One of the best ways for people that are new to a situation to become educated about their options is to speak with someone that has “been there” and “done that.” This year at The 17th Annual Family Cafe, The Delegates hosted roundtable conversations where attendees could network with other attendees to share experiences and strategies that have worked for them. If you are a person with a mental health need or a family member, or if you have a particular challenge your family is facing, this session may provide the support and guidance you need.

Delegate Roundtable: Mental Health

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=woTHQEpqWfc

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