MolinaCares Youth Festival
 

The rain did not stop us! Thank you to Molina Healthcare and MolinaCares our "Champion" sponsor at the MolinaCares Youth Festival on Saturday, June 4, 2022 at the beautiful Cypress Grove Park in Orlando. We were honored to have Commissioner Mayra Uribe spend the afternoon with us and deliver words of encouragement to youth and families. Thank you to our host Monica May of Monica May Communications, "Let's Spill the Tea" and STAR94.5. Thank you to Jada Blocker, Youth Facilitator for her efforts in organizing the performances. Special recognition to FFCFL's Board Secretary, Wilton Beamer for attending the event. Thank you to the following sponsors/supports: "Leader" - University Behavioral Center, "Supporter" - Central Florida Behavioral Center, "Friend" FL Department of Juvenile Justice, Community Counseling Center of Central Florida, Monica May Communications and Community Health Centers. To our amazing exhibitors/vendors that unselfishly committed their time to share resources with the community and donating raffle items - THANK YOU! Home Florida - DCF; Take Action Institute, Confidential Communication Center, FL-DJJ, Central FL Behavioral Hospital, University Behavioral Center, Stop the Violence & Embrace, Inc., Hispanic Family Counseling, Let's Spill the Tea, Positive Behavioral Solutions, Community Health Centers and Full Circle Florida, Inc. Food provided by CB Catering's Best in Orlando. Amusements provided by No Limit Event Rentals. SPECIAL THANKS to all the volunteers. We could not have done this without you. Much appreciation to the parents that shared their journey. THANK YOU TO YOUTH WHO LED THIS EVENT BY PERFORMING AND SHARING YOUR MENTAL HEALTH JOURNEY! We will continue to support and provide you a platform to express yourself and be the game changer in the community. No more mental health awareness -- let there be mental health acceptance with ACTION!

THIS IS US

Mission Statement

To provide support, education and advocacy to children and youth with emotional, behavioral and mental health needs, as well as their parents and caregivers, in Central Florida.

Vision Statement

The vision of FFCFL is to ensure that every child and youth in Central Florida who experiences emotional, behavioral and mental health needs will have access to quality, appropriate and comprehensive resources.

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"The mental health journey caring for a child is not easy.   It does not magically go away when your child turns 18.  It's the same book -- just a different chapter."

SPEAKERS' BUREAU

DO YOU HAVE A STORY TO SHARE?  IF SO, PLEASE CONSIDER JOINING OUR SPEAKERS' BUREAU.

Purpose is to provide a platform for individuals to share lived experiences with the purpose of promoting awareness and education that each mental health story is unique and matters.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT MURIEL JONES AT mjones@ffcflinc.org.

CHANGING THE LANGUAGE FROM MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS TO
                                
"MENTAL HEALTH ACCEPTANCE"
                    See what our families describe what mental health acceptance means to them

With acceptance there is ACTION!

Stop judging!

Knowing it's a long road that you do not have to travel alone.

We have been dealing with mental health disorders before the pandemic.  Welcome to our world!

With acceptance there is ACTION!

Stop saying there is a stigma when it comes to mental illness.   It is discrimination not a stigma.

My child has a voice and is not just  a number, not just another statistic, not just another survey.  What impact are you making in my child's life after you receive the data? 

My child should feel like he/she is

valued at school.   Understand, accept and support their diagnosis. 

Therapy is a good if linked to the right therpaist.

Awareness is not enough.

Action is needed.   Enough

with the buzzwords!

Parents/cargivers -- it is okay

to say you are tired and need a

break!

Accept the fact that we need more services for our famillies.   

Accept the fact that my child is not perfect!   No one is perfect!

My child is not bad.   My child is not a criminal.  I am not a "bad" parent.  My child has a disorder.

Be intentional about self-care

There are different levels of mental health -- it is not a one size fits all

OURSELVES

We See

IN EACH OTHER'S STORIES

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I never knew there were so many others like me... I wish I had found the FFCFL so much sooner.

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Orange County Family Member

It's not JUST about

supporting...

...It's about really

UNDERSTANDING.

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Respite Center

Family Advisory Board

Warmline Support

Workshops/Trainings

 Informational Meeting Groups

                 Lean on Me Support Groups

Speakers' Bureau

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OUR VISION

The FFCFL already provides a variety of resources and support within the community, but like a tree ready to branch out, we are eager to meet the evolving needs of our families.

Learn More Here:

PLEASE CONTACT US FOR PARTNERSHIP OR SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES!

Muriel Jones, Executive Director

(407) 929-3133 or mjones@ffcflinc.org