Be The Change: Mental Health and the Young Child
This summer's installment of Be The Change is focused on Mental Health and the Young Child in Forsyth County. Keynote speaker Mary Dame from Amos Cottage will speak on how mental health presents in young children, the need for early mental health intervention, and how mental health stigma impacts access to necessary services.
Following the keynote address, an audience-driven panel discussion will connect the issue of childhood mental health to what's happening in our schools and communities, provide context around related and relevant policies, and explore how some children's experiences differ based on race and socioeconomic status.
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"We know that children of color and those who experience poverty or near poverty come into our schools living with much higher rates of trauma. Without direct treatment, or significant buffering factors at home or in schools, we know that this trauma begins to manifest through behavioral issues. It's important for us to have this conversation about mental health and its effects on students, teachers, families, and our communities overall, especially at a time when teachers are underpaid, inadequately supported, and ill-equipped to meet the many needs of the whole child. We cannot remain complacent and allow our children to go without the care and support they need, like district-wide mental health screenings. Too often, the alternative is punitive discipline and criminalization, which we cannot continue to accept," said Wendy Poteat, Partnership Director of The Forsyth Promise.