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BOSTON – Massachusetts Senate President Karen E. Spilka has announced that she will offer an online educational session, titled Mental Health Essentials for Parents and Caregivers, presented by the Mental Health Collaborative (MHC). 

This free webinar will provide the audience, particularly those with children in grades six through 12, the tools they need to understand their children’s stress, identify emotional and behavioral health issues and their treatments, and empower them to obtain and maintain good mental health for themselves and their loved ones, and much more. 

“As a community, we are more aware of the need for mental health care than ever, in part because the challenges we face are too big to be ignored,” said Massachusetts Senate President Karen Spilka (D-Ashland). “Last year, my priority legislation to deliver nation-leading reforms for mental healthcare in Massachusetts, the Mental Health ABC Act, was signed into law. It’s so important that the changes which this new law sets in motion reach families throughout Massachusetts. In the communities I represent, parents and caregivers have shared concerns with me about their children’s mental health and their family’s ability to access quality mental health services. This seminar is designed to  assist with both.” 

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“Our mission is to build resilient communities through mental health education and awareness,” said Abbie Rosenberg, Founder and Executive Director of Mental Health Collaborative (MHC). “Mental Health Literacy—which covers four components: decreasing stigma, promoting and maintaining good mental health, understanding mental illnesses and their treatments, and increasing knowledge of when, where, and how to get help—is a foundational need and right of every individual.” 

Mental Health Collaborative (MHC) is a Hopkinton-based nonprofit organization that serves educators, school districts, and families across the country by teaching Mental Health Literacy.  

The webinar will be available online on May 8, 2023, from 7 to 8:30 pm. Live translation will be available in Portuguese, Spanish, and American Sign Language (ASL). Attendees can RSVP at

Mental Health Essentials for Parents and Caregivers is part of the Senate President’s #MetroWestKids initiative, which for six years has offered programs related to mental health, social-emotional learning (SEL), and related topics for audiences in the MetroWest region. For the first time, this year’s program will be available to statewide audiences.  

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