While Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week has passed, Mental Health Awareness Month as a whole has not. The Joseph Maley Foundation believes that it is important to continue to share resources on how to begin the conversation of mental health with children, because we believe, like many others, that education is a vital step to ending the stigma around mental illness. For today’s blog post we bring to you an interview of one of our HOPE Program speakers, Dr. Jessica Mayer. Dr. Mayer is a completing her residency training in pediatrics, adult psychiatry, and child and adolescent psychiatry, and is a valuable asset to HOPE. Continue reading to learn more about Dr. Mayer, as well as her thoughts on mental health education for children.
The Joseph Maley Foundation’s HOPE Program continues to evolve to better help students, teachers, and our program partners begin the journey of mental health education in their community. In order to understand the program’s evolution and why certain changes were made, we sat down with JMF staff member Allison Boyll to talk with her about the past year, and where HOPE is now.
While the month of May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and the week of May 5-11 is Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week, the state of mental health in our community ought to be a year-round concern. And yet, we are lacking as a country, and as a state. According to a 2018 study by Mental Health America (MHA), Indiana currently ranks 48th out of 51* in the Nation for mental health.
What exactly does that mean? It means that the people we drive past, walk by, and sit next to every day have a higher prevalence of mental illness with a lower rate of access to care than approximately 94% of the American population.
The Joseph Maley Foundation aims to serve children of ALL abilities, including those who experience mental illness, and over the past four years we developed, launched, and expanded our Health through Outreach, Personal Perspectives, and Engagement (HOPE) Program, which aims to combat the shocking statistics like the one above. The HOPE Program utilizes a multitude of components to teach students from pre-k through twelfth grade how to advocate for their own mental well-being, as well as that of their peers. During Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week, the Joseph Maley Foundation will be bringing you three different blogs, focusing on the experiences, goals, and accomplishments of three of our staff who impact HOPE.
April is National Volunteer Month, and as the month winds down, the Joseph Maley Foundation would like to provide our audience with a full list of upcoming volunteer opportunities. Keep reading to learn more about the volunteer needs for each of our programs, as well as our upcoming events.
May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and has special significance for the Joseph Maley Foundation HOPE program. HOPE – Health through Outreach, Personal Perspectives and Engagement- engages individuals in valuable discussion and activities surrounding mental health. The program was created to change the way our community talks about this important topic, reducing the stigma associated with mental health issues.
The Joseph Maley Foundation is currently hosting two spring-semester interns from the University of Indianapolis. Kirby Jones and Niki Schath are both members of the Class of 2018 who participate in cheerleading, among many other extracurricular pursuits. Both Kirby and Niki decided to continue their internship experience through the summer before they move on to graduate school; we are happy to keep them as part of our JMF family a bit longer! We invite you to get to know them more in this week’s blog.
HOPE has expanded to reach students from Pre-K through twelfth grades to educate and reduce the stigma surrounding mental health awareness. Read about the variety of ways the program encourages dialogue about mental health.