Early Childhood Mental Health Community Forum (SOLD OUT)

UPDATE:
The event is at capacity, but will be live-streamed here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6vb3ki-b6OE&feature=youtu.be

In partnership with the County’s Behavioral Health Division, First 5 Contra Costa is sponsoring an Early Childhood Mental Health Community Forum on Saturday, November 2 in Pittsburg. Not only will this be a great opportunity to hear about community needs for children with social and emotional challenges, but it marks an important step in our partnership with Behavioral Health in better understanding the prevention benefits of addressing children in the earliest years.

PERFECT FOR FAMILIES (AND PROVIDERS)

We invite you to lend your voice to the conversation on how to support positive mental health in young children and to learn about the importance of acting early to improve future mental health outcomes.  Input gathered will be used in preparation for the Contra Costa County Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) Three Year Program and Expenditure Plan for fiscal years 2020-2023.

  • Information on local resources
  • Complimentary continental breakfast, light lunch, and refreshments to be provided

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Pittsburg Senior Center
300 Presidio Lane, Pittsburg

Saturday, November 2, 2019
10am to 1pm
On-site registration begins at 9:30am

Live-stream available: https://youtu.be/SJDOykDyl44

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Contact the MHSA Office in advance if you need language translation services, directions on how to access public transportation, or any other reasonable accommodations at (925) 957-2617.

Contact Daryn Nabeta at First 5 Contra Costa, for questions about food at dnabeta@first5coco.org.

Please arrive by 9:30am to allow time for check in and registration. The program will start promptly at 10am. 

Healthy Social-Emotional Development Lasts a Lifetime

NestSteps1Two new studies about young children reveal that:

  • Only 1 in 4 children in California who need mental health care receive treatment, despite the fact their families have health insurance to pay for it.
  • Preschoolers who suffer from depression will likely continue to experience it throughout childhood; however spotting it early can make treatment more effective.

It can be hard to imagine young children having mental health issues, but they do just like the rest of us. For infants and toddlers, though, it’s easier to view mental health through the lens of social and emotional development. That’s because healthy social and emotional development in young children is dependent on their loving and supportive relationships with parents and other caregivers. When children are not receiving the loving care they need, and even worse, when they experience persistent trauma or abuse, they are likely to exhibit behaviors that might be perceived as mental health issues.

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