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FFFP – May 6, 2022 – May is for Mental Health: Understanding and Supporting Unique Needs
May 6 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
In our contemporary world with all its uncertainties, an understanding of the basics of mental health and mental health conditions is crucial for those seeking mental health care and support, as well as those providing that support. Join Megan Souza, Youth and Young Adult Program Coordinator at NAMI Northern Virginia, and Kelly Henderson, Ph.D., Executive Director at Formed Families Forward, as they discuss statistics, basics of common diagnoses, warning signs of mental health conditions, warning signs of suicide, trauma, how to support your mental health, how to support a loved one, and what resources are available.
Megan Souza – Youth and Young Adult Program Coordinator, NAMI Northern Virginia
Megan Souza is the Youth and Young Adult Program Coordinator at NAMI Northern Virginia. She graduated in 2019 with a Master’s degree from Tufts University in Child Study and Human Development, with a focus on youth mental health. She has been working at NAMI Northern Virginia for 2.5 years, coordinating NAMI Ending the Silence Presentations for youth, working with the youth advisory board, and coordinating outreach presentations and events.
Kelly Henderson, Ph.D. – Executive Director, Formed Families Forward
A special educator by profession, Kelly is a former public school teacher of students with emotional and behavioral disorders, and has worked in national and federal special education policy and research settings. Kelly’s family is formed in part through public foster care and adoption. Her children have a range of learning, behavioral and cognitive disabilities for which they have received early intervention, special education and related services. Kelly has trained adoptive, foster and kinship families and agency personnel on special education-related needs of children and has provided information and supports to many individual families. Kelly also serves as part-time instructional Special Education faculty at George Mason University.
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