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Children's mental health outreach program to host free health fair in Sanborn

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Fri, May 6th 2016 11:20 am

Event registration closes May 25

The children's mental health outreach program at New Directions Youth & Family Services will host a free health fair from 9 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 31, at Orleans/Niagara BOCES Conference Center, 4124 Saunders Settlement Road, Sanborn. The event will include workshops about mental health stigma and advocacy, as well as a variety of vendors, door prizes, a free basket raffle and a complimentary breakfast and lunch.

The fair will feature a presentation by Joe Clem, regionally well-known licensed marriage and family therapist, about handling the stigma associated with raising a child with behavioral or mental health challenges. In addition, there will be an advocacy skills workshop conducted by the Parent Network of WNY.

Vendors will include the Niagara County Probation Department; Community Missions of Niagara Frontier Inc./Aurora House; Niagara County Independent Living; Niagara County Department of Mental Health; New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities; Mental Health Association in Niagara County Inc.; YMCA of Niagara Frontier; Northpoint Council Inc.; and Child Advocacy Center of Niagara.

The children's mental health outreach program is funded by a grant from The Peter and Elizabeth C. Tower Foundation. The program aims to increase awareness and use of mental health services for children; promote early intervention for children with social, emotional and behavioral challenges; reduce stigma related to children's mental illness; and help parents and families be their own experts in addressing their children's mental health challenges. For more information about the program, visit http://www.ndcmho.org/.

Pre-registration by May 25 is required as space is limited. To register, contact Laura Lloyd of New Directions at 716-439-1179, ext. 493.

New Directions Youth and Family Services is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit agency with a heritage going back more than 130 years. Its mission is to foster resilient, self-reliant families and permanence for at-risk children in the shortest time possible, by promoting safe, respectful, responsible and goal-directed behavior. For more information about New Directions Youth and Family Services, visit fosteringgood.org.

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