Do you want to get involved in your community through policy-making community projects? Do you want to become a leader in your community? Then watch the following video that was produced by our ENGAGE/YouthMOVE Ohio Youth and Young Adults in Transition (YYAT) Council to highlight the role of youth voice. The video features interviews with some of the YYAT Council members and an interview with Tracy Plouck, Director of the Ohio Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services.
Youth Move Ohio is a state chapter of Youth Move (Motivating Others through Voices of Experience) National, an organization which is part of the National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health. The goal of Youth Move Ohio is to empower youth and support positive growth and development for those who have experience with various youth-serving systems including mental health, juvenile justice, education, and child welfare. To find out more about YouthMOVE Ohio visit www.ohioyouthmove.org
In Ohio, there are over 90,000 youth and young adults in transition that have serious emotional disturbances or serious mental illness. NAMI Ohio recently received a grant from the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services to better address the needs of these youth. The purpose of ENGAGE (Engaging The New Generation to Achieve Their Goals Through Empowerment) is to expand the system of care framework statewide targeting Ohio’s youth and young adults, ages 14-21 years, with serious emotional disturbances, including co-occurring disorders and multi-system needs. ENGAGE is led by two councils: the Youth and Young Adult Advisory Council and the Family Advisory Council. Council members provide guidance to the state regarding issues facing youth with mental health and co-occurring diagnosis and multi-system needs. Youth are encouraged to find out about ENGAGE activities by joining the ENGAGE Facebook page or texting the message “ENGAGEOhio” to 89800.
MIND Movement is a collaboration of Ohio agencies, organizations, and individuals joining together in the fight to end the discrimination surrounding mental illness. The goal of MIND Movement is to reach out to Ohio’s youth and eliminate negative attitudes and discriminatory behaviors regarding individuals with mental illness and their families before they become firmly established. To find out more about MIND Movement and upcoming events: please visit http://www.ohiomindmovement.com
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