Foggy glass door, palm held to it, vague image of a young girl on other sideBuzz from the Hub, May 2017, Issue 1

Spotlight on: Mental Health

You are not alone. You are not the only one who feels this way–not by a long shot..
~Elizabeth Vargas.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and that is the special focus of this issue of the Buzz. We have included updated fact sheets from SAMSHA and really interesting videos from popular personalities about their learning and mental health challenges. These are great resources to share with youth, families, and professionals.

We hope that every Mom out there, whether by nature or nurture, had a fantastic Mother’s Day! The work that you do and the love that fuels it is making a difference in the lives of so many children.

All our best to you, as always,

The CPIR Team | Debra, Lisa, Jessica, Ana-Maria, and Myriam


Updated Fact Sheets from SAMHSA

SAMHSA, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, has released a series of facts sheets about anxiety disorder, ADHD, bipolar disorder, depression, first episode psychosis, and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). These fact sheets provide the latest scientific information about symptoms and a range of treatment options, as well as peer support groups and services.

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What Would I Tell My Younger Self?

Each day in May, a prominent individual (e.g., Emma Stone, Michael Phelps, Patrick Kennedy, Howie Mandel, Henry Winkler, Jay Leno) will speak to his or her younger self about growing up with a mental health or learning disorder. Great for sharing with children and youth with disabilities.

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Kids and OCD: The Parents’ Role in Treatment

Parents have a surprisingly important role in treating anxiety disorders in children. This article from the Child Mind Institute focuses on teaching families how to help their child with anxiety or OCD build coping skills and benefit from treatment.

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The CPIR hopes that you’ve found useful and relevant resources listed in this month’s Buzz from the Hub. Please feel free to write to the editor, Lisa Küpper, at to suggest the types of resources you’d like to see in the future. CPIR is listening! Your input is extremely valuable to helping us to craft newsletters that support your work with families.

Debra, Myriam, Jessica, Ana-Maria, and Lisa
The CPIR Team


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