Each day, we hear news or experience events that leave children and their families struggling, sometimes silently, with tremendous grief and loss. Their grief and loss may result from family separations; job/business loss; injuries, illness, and deaths; violence and abuse; racism and injustice; tragedies locally or aboard, work/school pressures; incarceration; and inadequate, inappropriate, or lack of healthcare or support. These and other types of events layered by the devastating impacts of COVID-19 have exponentially increased the grief and loss that children and families experience. The 2022 Mental Health Summit aims to promote awareness, dialogue, and partnership concerning the health inequities and disparities in helping children and families heal from grief and loss. The summit is in partnership with Healthy Blue, Mecklenburg County Public Health Department, and ReCAST Mecklenburg. Attendees will engage in critical conversations about the additional pillars of response needed to identify, treat and support children and families suffering from grief and loss. They will also hear from lived experience speakers and expert speakers in behavioral health, and public health, along with researchers, practitioners, clinicians, health system leaders, and civic leaders.
- Promote strategies for healthcare systems, social services, and natural helping networks to work together to support children and families suffering from grief and loss.
- Increase knowledge about evidence-based practices for helping children and families heal from grief and loss.
- Increase access to resources to support caregivers, children, and families to heal from grief and loss.
- Health Professionals and Administrators
- Public and Behavioral Health Administrators and Practitioners
- Educators and Researchers
- Traditional Health and Social Service Workers
- Faith Leaders/Ministry Leaders
- Caregivers and Advocates
A 6-hour in-person and virtual event with expert speakers, lived experience speakers, interactive breakout sessions, moderated panel discussion and audience Q&A, and exhibitor hall. Continental breakfast and lunch will be served.
- Healthcare system’s role
- COVID-19: Another layer of grief and loss
- Foster Care and Adoption
- Suicide, Substance Use, Incarceration
- Cultural barriers and beliefs
- Resiliency and Healing
- Resources for Natural Helping Networks
- In-person: UNC Charlotte, Cone University Center, 9025 University Rd, Charlotte NC 28223
- Virtual: Zoom