Today is #GivingTuesday - Families as Allies

 #Giving Tuesday kicks off the holiday giving season by inspiring people to collaborate on improving their local communities.

TMobile Makes 988 Emergency Lifeline's Critical Mental Health Support Services Immediately Available to Customers

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, stressful holiday season and National Veterans and Military Families Month, T-Mobile announced that it is the first major wireless provider to make the 988 emergency lifeline immediately available to its customers.

Mississippi Department of Mental Health Announces Leadership Change

The DMH (Mississippi Department of Mental Health) announced a leadership change in November 2020 as Wendy Bailey is named director.

From the Executive Director: I Am Thankful

 Our minds often turn to thankfulness at this time of the year. I am thankful to be the executive director of Families as Allies and have the honor and privilege to know and work with many wonderful people every day.

Steps to Success: Making IEP Meetings Work - Dec. 2

Join us to learn how you can avoid some of the most common hurdles and how to have more productive IEP meetings and better outcomes for your child.

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Virtual Family Support Meeting - Dec. 3

Family support meeting for parents or caregivers raising a child to check in with each other, discuss problems and concerns, and support one another.

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NAMI Family and Friends - Dec. 3

Join us and learn more about NAMI MS and NAMI Family & Friends training that teaches and informs people who have loved ones with a mental health condition how to best support them. Its also an opportunity to meet other people in similar situations and gain community support.

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The Gratitude Gathering: Retreat Registration - Dec. 5

How can we use the power of gratitude during difficult times? Join a virtual retreat to honor our losses and nourish our hearts.

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Turn Everyday Moments into Brain-Building Moments - Dec. 8

In this webinar we will discuss the importance of early childhood brain development and how adults can support young childrens brain architecture using tools like Vroom®. We will also share resources from our website for both families and professionals. When our children thrive, Mississippi thrives!

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Self-Help and the 2020 Holidays: Managing Stress - Dec. 18

This training from California's Crisis and Recovery Enhancement TA Center covers evidence-based self-help strategies to regulate difficult holiday stress.

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NCTSN Spotlight: Adjusting to Change this Holiday Season

As the holiday season approaches, celebrations, traditions, and gatherings with family and friends may look different this year due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. For many, this may mean learning new ways of celebrating the upcoming holidays with loved ones from afar (e.g. virtual celebrations).

Reimagine Community Resources

Find resources related to end-of-life that can help you live fully, die better, and remember your loved ones.

COVID Grief Network

Get connected to a community of young adults who know what its like, and free one-on-one support from a volunteer grief worker.

Holiday Hotlines and Chatlines - Mental Health Resources

The Pacific Southwest Mental Health Technology Transfer Center Network published this list of important hotlines and chatlines that we should all have available in case we or a loved one needs someone to talk to or other mental health resources.