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National Children's Mental Health Acceptance Week (CMHAW) takes place during the first full week in May.  As we celebrate CMHAW, the National Federation reaches out to you, in our shared vision for our nation’s children, youth and families. It is through our combined efforts that growth, renewal and the promotion of positive mental health will impact the well-being of our children. Our voices carry volumes in bringing about change. Speak out and be heard. Let our message ring in the ears of others: Children’s Mental Health Matters!

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The National Federation's Annual Conference is the premier event for families whose children experience mental health and/or substance use challenges during their lifetime. Bringing together family members, young adults, and the workforce that supports families, our conference offers a safe setting, free from prejudice and discrimination, that celebrates skills and successes. Our annual conference generates a large amount of discussion on current issues and trends pertaining to families and the health of their children across the lifespan, from the perspective of a family-driven and youth-guided approach.


Our Annual Conference features many great workshops and speakers, joining hundreds of mental health and recovery advocates and professionals from across the nation as we work to educate and empower children, youth, and families!


Our conference offers families and the professionals who support them to:

• Improve policy and enhance practices for families of children - of any age - who have or are at risk of experiencing behavioral health and/or substance use challenges

• Acquire skills and strategies that will improve outcomes for children, youth, and families

• Gain knowledge of best practices and latest research in mental health, substance use and related fields as it pertains to families

• Enrich understanding of different perspectives and common goals in support of all families

Who should attend?

Parents & Caregivers, Family Members, the Family Peer Support Workforce, Social Workers, Psychologists, Educators, Therapists, Nurses, Pediatricians, Counselors, Crisis Professionals, Corrections Workers, Policy-makers, Advocates, etc.

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