Children’s mental wellness program offered April 17

The importance of social and emotional development for young children will be the focus of two Bridges to Mental Wellness events Tuesday, April 17 at the Schwan’s Center, 1700 105th Ave. N., Blaine.

Dr. Terrie Rose

Dr. Terrie Rose

People working in early childhood, mental health, social services and healthcare will meet from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Schwan’s Center.

Dr. Terrie Rose, a nationally recognized child psychologist, will provide the keynote, “When ‘Wait and See’ isn’t a Good Strategy.”

A panel of professionals will discuss models of integrated services in Anoka County in community, school and medical settings.

Breakout sessions will focus on cultural diversity, working with medical professionals, talking to parents about sensitive topics and learning about Minnesota’s capacity to serve young children. A resource fair is included.

The cost to attend is $25.

Parents and those involved in the life of a child will learn how to help young children succeed from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Schwan’s Center in a free community event.

Rose will speak on “Why Babies Can’t Wait: the Importance of Social and Emotional Development.”

A panel of parents will share tips and insights. A resource fair will be available. No registration is required.

For more information, go to Facebook.com/ChildrenandFamilyCouncilofAnokaCounty or contact Kelly Nelson at 763-422-7028 or Kelly.Nelson@co.anoka.mn.us.

Registrations are requested by April 13.

Sponsors of the event are Connexus Energy, the Anoka County Child Abuse Prevention Council, the Mental Wellness Campaign for Anoka County and the Anoka County Children and Family Council.

The variety of sponsors is an example of the collaborative effort behind the trainings, according to Anoka County Commissioner Dan Erhart, co-chairperson of the Anoka County Children and Family Council.

“Businesses, schools, government programs, faith communities, families — we all want our young people to succeed in order to create a bright future for our community,” Erhart said.

“Bridges to Mental Wellness is bringing together all of these groups to focus on helping our youngest residents thrive.

“I hope people take advantage of this great learning opportunity.”

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