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Heather offers workshops for your organization to educate you about issues that can arise from complications of mental illnesses. She works with you to create an action plan of clearly defined steps, policies, and procedures your group can implement that will enhance your relationships with students and their families as well as prevent incidents that could pose a danger or create legal concerns. Far from boring and dry, Heather draws on personal experience coupled with science to educate your staff and volunteers; empowering your organization to serve children and youth effectively, safely, and with compassion. Contact her today to find out how she can support your team!

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Event Speaking

Heather has more than 15 years of experience speaking to groups of varying sizes. She offers breakout sessions for your conference or event, keynote addresses for the general sessions, and presentations for small grass-roots and non-profit groups too. Her personable nature, expansive experience navigating the mental health and education systems, and passion for mental wellness will provide your group the motivation and awareness needed to return to your organization filled with information and creative ideas. Send her an email to discover how she can join your event and add her voice to the ongoing conversation about mental wellness!

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Coaching and Consulting

Heather is highly aware of how difficult it is to secure support and help for your family member. Who do you turn to? Who can you ask for help? What kind of support is available? Heather works with your family one-on-one over the phone, in person, or through Skype to create a customized plan that will focus your efforts. Your blueprint of action steps will cover medical and therapeutic resources, educational support, community tools and personal/family dynamic suggestions. She has extensive experience navigating the mental health care system as well as the educational system, and believes it is unnecessary to spend years reinventing the wheel simply because 'you don't know what you don't know'. Together you will design a clear path forward; empowering and encouraging you towards stability and support. Email her today to find out how you can partner with Heather to gain traction in your quest for help!

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Why I Do What I Do

 

Mental Health is being discussed openly more than ever before. We've made great strides in bringing awareness, working to break the stigma, and providing effective treatment. However, there is much work left to be done.
Parenting a child with a mental illness has been one of the hardest, most painful, most discouraging, and incredibly rewarding things I've ever done. There are so many obstacles to overcome when seeking support and care for chronic mental illnesses. We have worked our way through the mental health care system, the educational system, and fought to get proper diagnoses and care. The overwhelming amount of research, time, and energy it has taken me to get us to a place of stability is staggering.
I firmly believe 'you don't know what you don't know'. Parenting a chronically ill child launches the entire family into a foreign lifestyle without the benefit of a translator or guide.
My passion is to use the firsthand knowledge I've gained to prevent other families from having to muddle their way through the systems; and instead, become empowered, focused, and productive. I want to help bring awareness and understanding to educators, clinicians, and those who serve children and youth; giving them insight and tools to maximize their roles in the lives of kids struggling with mental illness.
I want to educate the community about the realities of mental illness in such a way that builds compassion, connection, and support.
Addressing mental needs with the same attention and fervor as we address physical illnesses can literally change the quality and course of a life, which then changes families, and ultimately translates into a changed world.

Me and my boy this spring

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You can reach me at writinghutchison@gmail.com to book for speaking events, discuss coaching options, book workshops, inquire about how I can contribute to your publication, or to get more information. I can't wait to see how we can work together!