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Kids’ Minds Matter announces monthly speakers, topics

By Staff | May 13, 2020

Kids’ Minds Matter is hosting a lineup of guest speakers for the virtual series “Mental Health Mondays” during Mental Health Awareness Month, which is recognized as May.

Among the weekly segments scheduled will be a Spanish-language session on May 18, as well as representatives from Lee Health, the Golisano Children’s Hospital and School District of Lee County.

Streamed live each Monday from the Kids’ Minds Matter Facebook channel, experts will speak on a different aspect of mental health and answer questions from viewers. Community advocates, partners and viewers are encouraged to create “watch parties” to join the experience and share the live stream.

The topics for the remainder of Mental Health Awareness Month include:

– May 18 at 10 a.m.: Lorena Rodriguez, coordinadora del programa de defense del nino a Golisano Children’s Hospital, on “Disciplina digna; ayudar a los padres a mantener relaciones saludables y cambiar comportamientos inapropiados con su hijos”

– May 18 at 6 p.m.: Richard Keelan, child advocacy supervisor at the Golisano Children’s Hospital, on “Dignified Discipline: Helping Parents Maintain Healthy Relationships and Change Inappropriate Behaviors with Their Children”

– May 25: Courtney Whitt, director of behavioral health at Healthcare Network; segment details to be shared at a later date on Kids’ Minds Matter Facebook events

The series connects Lee Health partners and Southwest Florida mental health advocates with the region’s families to share expert advice and resources, as well as at-home activities for children that aid in mental health and wellness. Less than an hour, the segments, which feature psychologists, therapists, physicians and child advocates, as well as other art, mind and body professionals to help caregivers with their child’s mental health.