The National Federation's annual conference is the premier event for children and youth with mental health challenges and their families. Bringing together these individuals, alongside chapters and state organization, system of care communities, mental health professionals, peer support specialists and anyone else interested in learning about children's mental health in a safe setttng, free from stigma and one that celebrates skills and successes, our annual conference generates a large amount of discussion on the current issues and trends pertaining to children's mental health, from the persepctive of a family-driven and youth-guided approach.
The conference itself, having started the same year the National Federation was born, has grown over the years to become one of the largest family-run events in the United States that caters to a growing awareness of the mental health needs in children and young adults. We encourage everyone to take a look at this year's conferences to see many of the great things we have planned and we look forward to seeing you there.
In honor of our 25 years of dedication to children, youth, and families, we invite you to attend our celebratory conference in Washington D.C. from November 19th through the 23rd. This year's conference will be held at the gorgeous Omni Shoreham, a historic hotel in the heart of Woodley Park, minutes from the zoo and other points of interest. We have many great speakers and programs planned for our anniversary -- you do not want to miss this conference!
“Building Circles of Wellness” has been selected as the theme for this year's conference. It has long been said “it takes a village to raise a child.” This year’s conference will focus on fulfilling the National Federation’s vision of making sure that all children grow up healthy and are able to maximize their potential.
We know that mental health is essential to overall health and wellness. We aim to focus our attention on the need for integration of mental health, substance abuse and primary care. This year's conference workshops, plenary sessions, and keynote speeches will focus in on ideas taht highlight best practices, research, provide current information and include integration as a part of the overall public health agenda. We will be highlighting fresh and innovative services and supports relevant to children, youth, emerging adults and their families.
The ultimate goal of the 2014 annual conference is to answer critical questions that forward our mission of providing comprehensive integrated services, focusing on prevention and early intervention and increasing awareness.
Add your voice, knowledge and expertise in answering these questions:
As noted, we will focus the content on several tracks throughout the conference agenda including: