Each September, a month-long campaign for Suicide Prevention Month is held to raise awareness about the warning signs of suicidal behavior and how suicide can be prevented. Suicide is the second most common cause of death for children and young adults in the United States, and heartbreakingly, that number is on the rise. However, these deaths are 100% preventable.
When you throw a rock into a lake, a circle swells out around the site of contact. This circle is immediately followed by more circles, propelled into action by the force of the original impact. As these circles expand through the lake's surface, you may ponder the idea that no one single event is ever isolated. Whether you are throwing a rock into a lake or helping someone in need, you will always cause a ripple effect.
Children spend all year looking forward to the freedom of summertime. No school, no homework, seemingly no responsibilities. Parents, however, dread this season almost as much as their kids yearn for it. Caregivers want their children to have a relaxing summer. After a long academic year, kids certainly deserve a break.
Each May, a nationwide campaign called Children's Mental Health Awareness Month shines a spotlight on the importance of children's mental wellness. By reducing stigmas and encouraging difficult but necessary conversations, Canopy seeks to help children struggling with behavioral and mental health challenges and their families find connections, build community, and receive the help they need to cope and heal.
May is a month filled with hope and happiness. Mother's Day allows us to celebrate the moms in our lives. The end of the school year presents days to be filled with the activities we most enjoy. For those graduating school, the next phase of life is on the horizon, overflowing with possibilities. As spring turns into summer, the days get longer, the weather gets sunnier and our lives get brighter.
It's springtime in Mississippi. Birds are chirping, the sun is shining, and flower gardens are blooming vibrantly, delighting us with their beauty and disrupting us with their pollen. This month, Canopy Children’s Solutions (Canopy) is planting its own delightful, disruptive gardens across our state. In front of homes and businesses, flocks of blue pinwheels will dance in the wind, reminding us of the whimsy of childhood. These pinwheels are the official symbol of Child Abuse Awareness Month, placed intentionally to promote the importance of communities working together to raise awareness and ultimately end child abuse.
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) affects an estimated 11,000 children and adolescents in the state of Mississippi, and this number is likely to grow. Autism, a neurodevelopmental condition, affects individuals in a variety of ways along a "spectrum" of strengths and challenges that manifest very differently from person to person.
March is Women’s History Month, a time to celebrate and commemorate the dynamic role of women in American history. This year, Canopy Children’s Solutions (Canopy) celebrates 110 years of transforming the lives of Mississippi children and families. Canopy’s four Core Values will continue being a beacon of hope for the next 100 years. Let’s take this moment to highlight a few of the many encouraging, powerful and transformative women that have helped to shape Canopy’s historic and impactful story.