On March 6 and 7, First 5 Mendocino will host its annual two-day children's mental health summit, State of the Child, at the Ukiah Valley Conference Center, 200 S. School Street. The free event provides an opportunity for Mendocino County professionals who work with foster youth, foster parents, child caregivers, and community members to engage with nationally recognized and local presenters to gain valuable insights into children's mental health, trauma-informed care, and strategies for promoting resilience in children and youth.
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January is Positive Parenting Awareness Month, a time to focus on educating parents and the organizations that support them about the vital practices, programs, and services that contribute to the well-being of families and children in our community – this is the work of First 5 Mendocino.
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Learning about the brain's response to stress has helped me understand my own nervous system, how to track my body's responses to emotions, and helped me learn tools to use when life gets overwhelming. I wish these were tools I'd known about sooner, which has made me reflect on why teaching nervous system regulation to children earlier in life can be beneficial.
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First 5 Mendocino is pleased to announce that on November 9, renowned professor, author, and mental health researcher MaryCatherine McDonald, Ph.D., will kick off a series of training events designed to expand local expertise in trauma-informed care.
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As part of its ongoing work to support the well-being of local children, First 5 Mendocino hosted its annual Children's Mental Health Summit in Ukiah on May 11 and 12. This year’s event featured renowned experts Dr. Tina Payne Bryson, Dr. Robert Sege, and Gaelin Elmore, who addressed the critical topic of children's mental health and included a community-wide conversation on nurturing resilient and emotionally healthy children.
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