Real Talk About Children’s Mental Health
In each episode, we get real about the unimaginable mental, social, and behavioral health challenges faced by Detroit’s most vulnerable children and families every day.
Why is this important? Mental health disorders continue to grow at alarming rates. Our objective for this podcast is to have an open dialogue about children’s mental health to help them heal, grow, and thrive. To let parents and caregivers know they are not alone in their struggles and encourage them to get the help their children need as early as possible. And, to help remove the stigma surrounding children’s mental health.
At The Children’s Center, we’re passionate about healing children. We believe every child deserves a chance to succeed, to become the amazing person they were born to be. To be accepted and not judged. And to be welcomed with wide-open arms. Our mission, going all the way back to 1929, is to help children and families shape their own futures so they can heal, grow, and thrive. To empower their voices and learn to self-advocate once they’re outside the comfort of our walls. Because we know when you lift a child’s spirit, you ultimately lift an entire community.
Laura Lefever is a native of Detroit and a graduate of Detroit Public Schools and Wayne State University with a BS in Criminal Justice. When asked, Laura will tell you that her professional home is with The Children’s Center, where she has worked with children and families just shy of 25 years. Throughout her career at The Children’s Center, Laura has worked in the Home Base Program, coordinated hospital and residential services for children requiring specialized care, and supervised enrichment services developing an integrated summer camp for clients who were not welcomed into traditional summer camps. She also supervised21st Century Afterschool grant services for 20 DPS sites and headed the agency’s head start program for five years. Laura currently serves as Director of Community Projects at The Children’s Center, where her passion for children and their families allows her to advocate on local and state levels for behavioral health care. Lefever also serves as the staff liaison for the parent-led Consumer Advisory Council and Vice President of NAMI-Detroit. Laura has two wonderful children and twin granddaughters, who are the loves of her life. Laura enjoys-journaling, a good game of pool, and a documentary.
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