Honoring Juneteenth

June 17, 2024

Honoring Juneteenth

June 19, 1865, was the day that enslaved Black people living in Texas received the news that they were free by executive decree. This day became known as "Juneteenth," also "Freedom Day," "Emancipation Day," "Jubilee Day," "Juneteenth Independence Day," and "Black Independence Day." The news arrived in Galveston, Texas, 2 and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation was issued, as many slave owners deliberately withheld the news of this emancipation until the next harvest season was over. Celebration of Juneteenth gained popularity each year since 1865 but wasn't officially declared a federal holiday until President Joe Biden signed the bill passed by Congress on June 17, 2021. 

The way many Americans celebrate holidays is to commodify and consume, but it is important to be mindful not to misappropriate Juneteenth. This is a day of honoring collective trauma, validation, empowerment, sharing in cultural identity and pride, healing, emotional well-being, education, and awareness. Many Black Americans celebrate by sharing in community and meals, as well as participating in parades and festivals. Honoring Juneteenth is for everyone, and learning about Black people's history, culture, and the Black experience in America is a great way to support Black mental health by amplifying voices that are routinely marginalized. Dr. Karida Brown, a sociology professor at Emory University whose research focuses on race suggests to “have that full human experience of seeing yourself in and through the eyes of others, even if that’s not your own lived experience."

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June 25

Reclaiming Native Psychological Brilliance: Wise Practices - June Event

United South and Eastern Tribes, Inc. and New England MHTTC would like to invite you and your staff to attend "Reclaiming Native Psychological Brilliance: Wise Practices," a Tribal Behavioral Health ECHO webinar series. Native psychological brilliance refers to the intelligence, strengths, balance, innate resources, and resilience of Native people.  

June's topic is titled "A Walkaround – Behavioral Health Practices in Indian Country."

This no-cost telehealth series is held on the fourth Tuesday of every month at 11 am Pacific/12 pm Mountain/1 pm Central/2 pm Eastern. The concept of Native psychological brilliance will be celebrated through Native music video and Native spoken word performances as part of each session.

Join us on Tuesday, June 25, 2024 at 2 pm ET.

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June 28

A Triple P Perspective: Personal, Parental, and Professional Perspectives on Promoting Inclusivity and Positive Mental Health for LGBTQ Youth

Three unique perspectives…one unifying vision – a world in which every LGTBQ youth has access to an affirming school community where they feel safe, respected, and embraced. Join us as we conclude Pride Month with a dynamic panel presentation offering insights from personal, parental, and professional perspectives borne out of groundbreaking work and advocacy in support of LGBTQ youth. Come be inspired and learn ways that you can contribute to urgently needed culture and systems change!

  • Overview of common terminology and misconceptions of the non-binary and trans community
  • Be informed about the current state of mental health and distress among LGBTQ youth
  • Hear from experts with both lived and professional experience around the importance of gender-inclusive communities in supporting the wellness of LGBTQ youth
  • Learn about ways to support and advocate for your LGBTQ child and maintain your wellness as a parent
  • Hear about a range of practical school-based strategies for creating gender-inclusive, welcoming communities where LGBTQ youth can thrive

Join us on Friday, June 28, 2024 at 9:30 am ET.

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July 10

Person-Centered Recovery Planning Consultation Corner: Promises and Pitfalls-Designing Planning Templates & Electronic Health Records to Support PCRP (Session 4)

The Person-Centered Recovery Planning (PCRP) Consultation Corner is a 6-month learning series featuring a monthly webinar on the “FAQs” of PCRP; offering practical tools and resources to support quality PCRP at the level of both individual service delivery and organizational systems change; and providing follow-up “office hours” through smaller-group technical assistance for webinar participants who wish to take a “deeper dive” on a given topic.

The topic for webinar session 4 is "Promises and Pitfalls-Designing Planning Templates & Electronic Health Records to Support PCRP."

The design of planning templates and electronic health records can present as a major obstacle to the quality implementation of Person-Centered Recovery Planning. Traditional designs are frequently dominated by problems, pathology, and complex workflows that focus more on the support of billing and compliance rather than on the support of the person and their recovery and life goals. In contrast, a thoughtfully designed EHR can facilitate person-centered practice by increasing the focus on key recovery concepts, facilitating dialogue between providers and persons served, and generating the co-creation of meaningful plans to help shape the person’s recovery. By elucidating common design pitfalls and identifying promising design practices, this webinar will offer practical guidance to mental health systems so they can move toward the development of EHRs that facilitate, rather than hinder, the uptake of Person-Centered Recovery Planning.

This series is co-sponsored by the New England and South Southwest MHTTCs.

Join us on Wednesday, July 10, 2024 at 2 pm ET.

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July 17

Youth Self Assessment Tool Listening Session 2

Calling all practicing Youth Peers across the country from diverse locations and organizations! We want to hear from you about a crucial tool for youth peer support specialists: the self-assessment tool.

Join us in this important conversation and contribute to the growth and effectiveness of youth peer support practice. You will be provided a stipend for participation.

Join us on Wednesday, July 17, 2024 at 10 am ET.

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