Welcome to the conversation!

Welcome to the conversation!

Harriet Beecher Stowe's (1811-1896) best-selling anti-slavery novel Uncle Tom's Cabin (1852), made her the most famous American woman of the 19th century and galvanized the abolition movement before the Civil War.

The Stowe Center is a 21st-century museum and program center using Stowe's story to inspire social justice and positive change.

The Salons at Stowe programs are a forum to connect the challenging issues (race, gender and class) that impelled Stowe to write and act with the contemporary face of those same issues. The Salon format is based on a robust level of audience participation, with the explicit goal of promoting civic engagement. Recent topics included: Teaching Acceptance; Is Prison the New Slavery; Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North; Creativity and Change; Race, Gender and Politics Today; How to be an Advocate

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Thursday, May 8, 2014

Today is National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day 2014

The prevalence, treatment, and support of mental health issues have been featured topics of conversation at Stowe Center programs, including last May's Mental Health Salon. Today is National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day 2014, a day which encourages communitties and organizations across the country to raise awareness of the impact of mental health issues on children. How will you help brign awareness to this issue today?

One way to take action is to visit the 2014 National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day: Inspiring Resilience, Creating Hope website and read about the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's work (a preview below) and follow the Twitter feed #HeroesofHope. You can tune in to the live Twitter feed below!

Join the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 1,100 communities, and 136 national collaborating organizations in celebration of the 2014 National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day: Inspiring Resilience, Creating Hope.

This is an image titled National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day, May 8, 2014Whether you connect to Awareness Day with the May 6 national launch event near Washington, DC, or the many local events taking place across the country on May 8, you can be part of this nationwide strategy focused on the importance of caring for every child's mental health from birth.

The national launch event will be a special general session of the National Council for Behavioral Health (National Council) annual conference. Chiara de Blasio, the 19-year-old daughter of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, will serve as the 2014 Honorary Chairperson. Ms. de Blasio will be joined onstage by her parents Mayor de Blasio and Chirlane McCray. Health and Human Services Secretary (HHS) Kathleen Sebelius will present Ms. de Blasio with a special recognition award for serving as an example of hope for other young adults by speaking out about her experience with depression and substance use.

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