We Found The Casseroles!

Actually, we found the people who are willing to make and bring casseroles to families contending with mental illness and to encourage others to do the same! An enthusiastic crowd of attendees left the TEDxSanAntonio Children’s Mental Health Salon – Where are the Casseroles?, equipped with reminders, resources, and recipes to assist families and children struggling with mental illness.

This unique collaboration between TEDxSanAntonio and One in Five Minds created an afternoon of engaging speakers,  thought-provoking simulations and performances, honest conversations and a surprise visit, via Skype, with Liza Long. It was Liza’s talk during TEDxSanAntonio 2013 that was the inspiration for the Children’s Mental Health Salon.

Attendees also had the opportunity to visit with agency representatives and draft or video record their stories. Over 30 people came forward to share their personal journeys. We will begin to post them on the Stories section of our website in the near future.

In the meantime, the replay of the event is available here, thanks to NowCastSA. You can also click here to view photos on Facebook.

It was an amazing event, but even if you didn’t have a chance to attend, there are still actions you can take today to make a difference! Consider taking one or more of the following actions:

  • Sign-up to participate in the National Association of Mental Illness Walk
  • Contact your school district for information on School Health Advisory Councils and how to get involved
  • Sign-up to participate in the Out of the Darkness Walk for suicide awareness
  • Join the Youth Mental Health Council
  • Make a casserole for a family who may have a child hospitalized with a mental illness
  • Sign up for a Local Parent Support Group – here and here are just two options
  • Read Liza Long’s book “The Price of Silence”
  • Watch for the replay of the Theater of the Oppressed interactive activity
  • Share this blog post!

Your actions, or casserole, could bring hope to a family and child contending with mental illness.

Thank you to our amazing supporters and sponsors.

  • One in Five Minds is our prevention and education program at Clarity Child Guidance Center. We provide information and resources to parents, professionals, and the community so families no longer struggle with children’s mental illness alone.

The opinions, representations and statements made within this guest article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of One in Five Minds or Clarity Child Guidance Center. Any copyright remains with the author and any liability with regard to infringement of intellectual property rights remain with them. One in Five Minds and Clarity Child Guidance Center accepts no liability for any errors, omissions or representations.

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