Want to learn about facilitating effective small-group dialogues? Susanna Haas Lyons will be co-leading a webinar on this topic for the Obama Administration initaited national dialogue on Mental Health. Creating Community Solutions is a national conversation to increase understanding about mental health.
The Facilitating Effective Small-Group Dialogues webinar will describe the role of the facilitator, walk through a typical session of a community conversation , and provide tips for facilitating effectively.
Monday, June 24, 2013 at 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time
Betty Knighton, West Virginia Center for Civic Life
Susanna Haas Lyons, AmericaSpeaks Network Associate
More about the National Dialogue, from Creating Community Solutions:
The goal of this project is to give Americans an opportunity to discuss and learn about mental health issues as part of the National Dialogue on Mental Health.
On January 16, 2013, President Barack Obama called for a “national conversation to increase understanding about mental health” and directed Secretary Kathleen Sebelius of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and Secretary Arne Duncan of the U.S. Department of Education to launch a National Dialogue on Mental Health. The need is great because, as Secretary Sebelius has put it, “We are still a country that frequently confines conversations about mental health to the far edges of our discourse.”
Creating Community Solutions is part of the National Dialogue and will give Americans a chance to learn more, from each other and from research, about mental health issues. Face to face discussions are taking place in communities all over the country – and right here online. These conversations will begin to address and dispel the stigma that is often attached to mental illness which can keep young people from seeking care that they need.
In addition to learning about mental health issues, participants can identify actions to improve mental health in their families, schools, and communities. Through these discussions we can encourage each other to build resilient and healthy environments that support young people’s positive development.