Board member Andrew Shearn, a third year medical student at IU School of Medicine, is JMF’s youngest board member. He is a long-time participant in JMF programming and events. We asked Andrew to share his perspective as a young professional on a board of directors, and why he believes JMF is making a generational impact on central Indiana children. (Read more about Andrew’s years with the foundation here)
Board Member Tim Gee has been an ardent supporter of the Joseph Maley Foundation for over ten years now. Tim, a history teacher at Park Tudor Middle School, has witnessed JMF programming through the eyes of a board member and an educator, giving him a unique perspective on how JMF serves children of ALL abilities. Keep reading to find out why Tim continues to support JMF, and why he thinks others should too.
For our most recent Board of Directors blog, the Joseph Maley Foundation would like to introduce Monica Buchheit. Monica, an employee at Charles Schwab & Co., is an avid traveler and passionate volunteer, who dedicates her time and energy to helping JMF serve children of ALL abilities. Keep reading to find out why Monica loves volunteering with JMF, and why she comes back year after year to serve on our board.
For our second blog post of the week (surprise!) – JMF brings you another interview from one of our HOPE Program speakers, Dr. Katherine Soe. Dr. Soe is currently completing her residency training in pediatrics, adult psychiatry, and child and adolescent psychiatry at Indiana University. She is another highly valuable asset to HOPE, and JMF feels lucky to have her not only speak for our mental health program, but also advocate for the foundation as a whole. Keep reading to learn more about Dr. Soe, and her advice for how to begin the conversation of mental health with your child.
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.
For our first board member blog post of the month, we’d like to introduce Tim Weber. Tim is an orthopaedic surgeon specializing in trauma, and works within the orthopaedic group, OrthoIndy. He is a graduate of Michigan State University, and has helped JMF develop our run2gether program. Keep reading to learn why Tim supports JMF, and why he thinks others should too.
As Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week comes to a close, the Joseph Maley Foundation knows it is necessary to continue the conversation about mental health. With this knowledge, we look toward the future of mental health education in central Indiana, and sit down with JMF’s newest staff member, Allison Capella, for our last blog of the week. We speak with Allison about her goals for HOPE and why she believes that mental health education is still so incredibly important for our local youth.
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.
Meet Paul Haut, Joseph Maley Foundation board member and COO of Riley Children’s Health. Paul is a Pediatric Oncologist and has served on the JMF Board of Director’s since it’s inception. Keep reading to find out why Paul gives his time and support to JMF, and why he thinks others should too!