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Mental Health & The Impact On Families In Northeast Florida Experts Come Together To Discuss What Is Being Done To Help At The 24th Annual Child Abuse Prevention Conference, April 27, 2017

March 28, 2017 – Mental health impacts not only the individual with the illness, but all those who are close to them – including family members. With nearly one out of every six people in the United States experiencing some form of mental illness each year, it is imperative that mental health care is available to help those struggling with mental illness, to break the cycle and ensure a bright future for families, children and future generations.

Healthy Minds Healthy Families is the theme for the 24th Annual Child Abuse Prevention Luncheon & Conference, hosted by The Exchange Club Family Center, Northeast Florida. The conference, set for Thursday, April 27, 2017, will bring together experts in Northeast Florida to discuss mental illness, its effect on families, and what is being done to help those dealing with both mental illness and child abuse here in Northeast Florida.

The Luncheon Keynote Speaker is Denise Marzullo, Executive Director of Mental Health America of Northeast Florida. Sheriff Mike Williams, Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, is the Honorary Chairperson for the conference.

“Statistics have shown that child abuse can set the brain up for future mental illness,” says Amanda Rolfe, Board President, Exchange Club Family Center, Northeast Florida. “The Exchange Club Family Center’s mission is to help families at risk of child abuse develop more nurturing, non-violent parenting skills. Mental health plays a key factor in the overall health of a family. It is imperative we discuss the impact mental health has on families.”

Featured speakers include Katrina Taylor, Director of School Behavioral Health, Duval County Public Schools, and Cecily Hardin of Child Guidance Center. “Child Mental Health, The Welfare System & Legislation” is the topic of a panel featuring experts from Daniel, Inc., Family Support Services, Mental Health America of Northeast Florida, Florida Department of Children & Families, Child Guidance Center, and Where Is The Sunshine?

“Our goal at Mental Health America of Northeast Florida is to create a community here that welcomes and values positive mental health and wellness,” says Denise Marzullo, Executive Director of Mental Health America of Northeast Florida. “By bringing into focus the mental health challenges here in Northeast Florida, and discussing ways to improve our community’s response to those with mental illness, this conference provides a great opportunity for those working directly with families to learn how to better help families with mental health issues.”

An awards ceremony during the luncheon will honor those who work as Child Abuse Prevention Advocates in our community.  The conference will educate, inspire and support those who work with children, whether they are social workers, teachers, law enforcement, coaches, community leaders, or others. Attendees will also earn continuing education credits (CEUs).

Registration for the conference and luncheon is now open, with early registration prices in effect until April 5th. You can attend the full luncheon and conference for only $100.00 if you register by April 5th.  You can attend the luncheon only for $50.  Or you can attend either the morning or afternoon session (no luncheon) for $25 each. The luncheon and conference will take place from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Jacksonville Marriott, 4670 Salisbury Road, Jacksonville, FL 32256

To register for the conference, sponsor the event, or for more information, visit www.exchangeclubfamilycenter.com.

New This Year: Corporate Spotlight

The Exchange Club Family Center would like to recognize those companies that offer programs to their employees and their families. This year’s focus will reflect our theme for our 24th Annual Child Abuse Prevention Luncheon & Conference – Healthy Minds Healthy Families. We are looking for companies that offer mental health programs for their employees and their families. These can be offered through in-office programs or through insurance. Deadline for Submission is Friday, April 7, 2017. For information on how to submit your company, visit www.exchangeclubfamilycenter.com.

ABOUT ECFC

For 26 years, The Exchange Club Family Center of Northeast Florida has offered free, in-home Parent Aide services to at-risk families across Jacksonville’s First Coast to deter child abuse and strengthen families. Each year, The Exchange Club Family Center hosts the Child Abuse Prevention Conference in April, to coincide with Child Abuse Prevention Month. For more info and to register: www.exchangeclubfamilycenter.com.

ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH AMERICA OF NORTHEAST FLORIDA

Mental Health America of Northeast Florida envisions a compassionate and caring community that welcomes and values positive mental health and wellness.  Mental Health America of Northeast Florida raises awareness, provides training on mental health and wellness, helps people navigate the system, and impacts mental health policy and legislation. Their website is www.mhajax.org.