As I sit and look out my window watching the squirrels race after one another, the birds hustle to pad their nests and the breeze move through the fresh new leaves, I can’t help but think, “they find a way don’t they?”. Given the state of our world these last few months, that same question applies to how we’ve found a way to get through this time of uncertainty, fear, anxiousness, and isolation. And it lends the belief that we truly all ARE survivors. We survive things, we find a way. We, like the animals, the leaves, and the breeze, find our way in this life don’t we?
This last month we hosted our first ever national No Dinner Dinnerevent (ironically it was already planned as an online event) and the turn out, feedback and support were incredible. All in all, the lessons we are learning here at EndCAN are how do we find a way to bring together each of us to unite our voices into one so we can create a community without shame, fear or judgement, but instead find a way to be the change necessary to end child abuse and neglect.
I am honored to be doing this work, to continue to grow and expand with each of you. I welcome you and your communities into our community. Help us spread the word, ignite the change, and be Louder Than Silence.
All my love,
Lori Poland, Founding Executive Director
April 30th was a call for change.
Watch the no dinner dinner event to learn about our work, the much needed community for survivors, and what you can do to be Louder Than Silence.
Child abuse and neglect is a health and mental health issue that affects us all.
While 1 in 5 people will experience a mental illness during their lifetime, everyone faces challenges in life that can impact their mental health. The good news is there are practical tools that everyone can use to improve their mental health and increase resiliency – and there are ways that everyone can be supportive of friends, family, and co-workers who are struggling with life’s challenges or their mental health.
This Mental Health Month, EndCAN is highlighting #Tools2Thrive – what individuals can do daily to prioritize their mental health, build resiliency in the face of trauma and obstacles, support those who are struggling, and work towards a path of recovery.
One of the easiest tools anyone can use is taking an anonymous mental health screening when they need answers. It’s a quick, free, and private way for people to assess their mental health and recognize signs of mental health problems.
Social distancing does not mean you are alone. If someone is hurting you, abusing you or neglecting you, call the National Child Abuse Hotline 1-800-4-A-Child (1-800-422-4453)or contact your state hotline which can be found here. Help is on the way.
If you suspect a child is being abused, neglected or exposed to an unsafe situation, trust your instincts and call the National Child Abuse Hotline 1-800-4-A-CHILD (1-800-422-4453).
The National Foundation to End Child Abuse and Neglect (EndCAN) raises awareness of the health, mental health and public health impacts of abuse. EndCAN focuses on funding research; investing in innovative child abuse prevention and treatment; and supporting survivors. All is made possible thanks to your donations and support.
We thank you for being part of the change!
The National Foundation to End Child Abuse and Neglect is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit entity (IRS tax exempt number 82-3752131), and all contributions are tax-deductible.