Child Mental Health Focus Area

Focus Initiative Partners

With great anticipation and enthusiasm, we are proud to announce that through the hard and diligent work of the Community Research Project Development Committee and upon approval of the Board of Directors, the League has two outstanding organizations in which to develop a sustainable partnership:

Cumberland County Boys & Girls Club (CCBGC)”Smart Girl” Program

The Smart Girl Program offers young ladies ages 8 to 17 guidance toward healthy attitudes and lifestyles.  Through Encouragement, Development, and Training, the Smart Girls Program helps the young ladies reach their full potential.

Operation Inasmuch “Transitional Home Restoration”

This program has a profound impact on our region.  In addition to the daily feedings Mondays – Fridays, Operation Inasmuch has an array of programs and projects that helps individuals and families from all walk of life restore personal dignity.  JLF is honored to partner with their Transitional Home Restoration Project.

By forming an alliance with these organizations, JLF fulfills both the Child Mental Health Focus Initiative and mission in service to the community and most of all, developing/promoting volunteerism/leadership skills for JLF members.

Background

In the 2009-2010 JLF League year, we developed our focus statement through collaboration with several agencies in the community that also have a child mental health focus. This group was called the Child Mental Health Advisory Board. The initial advisory board members included: JLF President, JLF  Community Research/Project Development Committee members, Director of Developmental and Pediatric Forensic Services, Representatives from Cumberland Mental Health Agency, Director and Assistant Director Womack Army Medical Center - Educational Developmental Intervention Services Agency, Board Member from the Autism Society, Director of Fayetteville Family Life Center, Director of Partnership for Children of Cumberland County, and Representatives from Cumberland County Schools.

In the 2012-2013 JLF League year, the Focus Statement was amended to broaden the scope to include the caregivers through the collaboration of the JLF Community Research Project Development Committee (CR/PD) Sustainer Advisor and JLF Community VP.  Upon approval of the Board of Directors the revision was adopted and is currently our new focus statement:

The Junior League of Fayetteville (JLF) will strive to prevent childhood mental health issues in our community and provide support to children with mental health issues and the adults who care for them, by promoting:

  • Communication
  • Education
  • Support
  • Wellness
  • Social competence
  • Resiliency

Focus Initiative, “Child Mental Health” Survey Results:

Our deepest appreciation and thanks to all who took the time to participate in the JLF Focus Initiative Survey.  The purpose of the survey was to better define the Focus Area of the League’s initiative, “Child Mental Health”.  The JLF will be more aligned with concerns of the families and community and will allow us to better identify potential community partners.

The 5 mental disorders are listed below in the order that the JLF members who participated in the survey deemed most depicts the concerns of both family and community.

  1. Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD OR ADD) – Inattention or hyperactivity, their behavior is significantly more inattentive or hyperactive than that of his or her peers of a similar age.
  2. Conduct Disorder – Aggressive conduct that causes or threatens physical harm to other people or animals, nonaggressive conduct that causes property loss or damage, deceitfulness or theft, and violations of rules time and time again
  3. Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) – Negative, defiant, disobedient and often hostile behavior towards adults and authority figures primarily.
  4. Dysthymic Disorders (Depression) – Irritability, behavior problems, poor school performance, pessimistic attitude, poor social skills, low self-esteem, etc.
  5. Anxiety – Responds to certain objects or situations with fear and dread, as well as with physical signs of anxiety (nervousness).

Initiative Advisory Board Members

The Child Mental Health Advisory Board is currently being restructured to better serve the community.