Brittany began her work in mental health as a Peer Support Specialist and Recovery Educator in 2010. From there she was recommended to be the Youth Program Advisor with North Carolina Families United/Statewide Chapter of Youth MOVE. She helped develop and implement the Statewide Youth Leadership Series. Through this work and national connections, she won the 2012 Voice Award for Young Adult Leadership. Brittany started on the YMN Board in the fall of 2012, and took on the role of Board Secretary for 2 years, and then completed a 2 year term as President in 2016. Brittany has her Masters in Social Work. She currently lives in the mountains of North Carolina, leading a community-based Early Recovery Team for folks in the early stages for substance abuse recovery.

Resource and Development
Policy

“Youth MOVE is important to me because it embodies everything I wish I had when I was young. It helps young people find their voice and fights for them to be heard, and use their experiences to foster change.” - Brittany

Brittany

Latest Social Updates

People get built different. ✨ https://t.co/NJX4ThmIa3
Spoiler alert: Everyone lived to tell the tale. 👚👕
The head teacher made the decision after students asked why teachers were allowed to wear pants but female students were not.
If you missed the USF conference, then Nancy Lublin's TED Talk is a must-watch. https://t.co/DjpHzVgdnU
If you weren't able to attend the USF Conference this month and missed Crisis Text Line's Nancy Lublin's keynote: her TED Talk is a must watch.
When a young woman texted DoSomething.org with a heartbreaking cry for help, the organization responded by opening a nationwide Crisis Text Line for people in pain. Nearly 10 million text messages lat
@E_Mourning26 Congratulations! And thanks for sharing/providing a face to the recovery process.
Spoiler alert: Everyone lived to tell the tale. 👕👚 https://t.co/QgtvBwDPHT
10 Mindful Attitudes That Decrease Anxiety https://t.co/H8z3SNU2PJ
#TBT to when we were defining best practices in youth engagement and youth #peersupport with leaders in the youth m… https://t.co/qxGc4MRZ3G
#TBT to a couple weeks ago when we were defining best practices in youth engagement and youth peer support with leaders in the youth movement at the USF Conference.
Words matter. Here's what's wrong with using words and phrases like "depressed" or "I have OCD" casually. https://t.co/Cp85t8TvPK
"In any year, 18.1% of US adults suffer from anxiety intense enough to be a disorder, compared to 6.9% who suffer from major depression."
Though we often equate compulsions and addictions, researchers are now drawing a sharp distinction between these two behaviors—one is about avoiding and the other about seeking.
"People often use words associated with mental illness, like 'depressed' or 'OCD,' in casual conversation as a way to express annoyance, make a joke or explain their feelings. In truth, this is hugely disrespectful to the one in five American adults who experience a mental health condition in a given year."
RT @CMHNetwork: Now Available: Funding Application QIC-LGBTQ2S Local Implementation Sites. @YouthMOVE @mdsocialwork @NativeChildren https:/…
Study tries to unpick what makes people happy and sad. "Mental illness is a better predictor of misery than poverty… https://t.co/6WlSS0ro7v
Join @samhsagov for Finding Her Tribe: Women's Relationships With Peers and Community. April 11 @ 2–3:30pm ET.… https://t.co/j4fyaJ5G4G
Join SAMHSA for the latest webinar in their Relationships Matter! series. This time, they'll be discussing the importance of inclusion and connecting to a community in women's health and well-being. Tuesday, April 11, 2017, 2:00-3:30 pm ET.
Tuesday, April 11, 2:00 – 3:30 P.M. EDT, 1:00 – 2:30 P.M. CDT, 12:00 – 1:30 P.M. MDT, 11:00 – 12:30 P.M. PDT
New webinar alert! Join Healthy People 2020 on March 23 at 12 pm ET to learn about progress made toward achieving the Healthy People 2020 Mental Health Leading Health Indicators. You’ll also hear how the Sources of Strength Program is working to prevent suicide among youth.
Join us on Thursday, March 23, 2017 at 12:00 p.m. ET to learn about progress made toward achieving the Healthy People 2020 Mental Health Leading Health Indicators. You’ll also hear how one community
“Depression is not caring about anything at all, and anxiety is caring too much.”
“Depression is not caring about anything at all, and anxiety is caring too much.”
Tonight is the start of a three-part series for youth/young adults interested in advocacy. The first webinar—tonight at 7:30 pm ET—is on Participating in Advisory Groups. Learn what youth self-advocates need to know in order to serve on boards and other groups, specifically what youth can expect and how to fully participate in meetings. Register: http://buff.ly/2nyxNEf
Tonight at 7:30 pm ET is the first of a three-part series for youth/young adults interested in advocacy. Register:… https://t.co/9DnbnqXaa8
“Depression is not caring about anything at all, and anxiety is caring too much.” https://t.co/fufoMOYepL
OK, we are officially jealous.
Anyone else feel a little pressure to be perfect on social media? https://t.co/HG3ESDYeym
Congratulations on such a successful photo voice project, Youth MOVE Massachusetts!
Have you had a chance to check out the TA Network's latest Monthly Minute?
Family-Run Executive Director Leadership website http://www.fredla.org The Role of Family-Run Organizations in Systems of Care: How Partnerships with States ...
Do you work for or with an agency that wants to include youth/young adult voice in agency decision-making? Youth MOVE National and Pathways Research and Training Center have developed an assessment of the extent to which agencies support the meaningful participation of young people in advising and decision making. We're currently recruiting people to help us test the assessment by completing an online survey. -- Click the link below to find out more. If you complete the survey, you can enter a drawing with a 1-in-50 chance of winning a $100 Amazon gift card! And feel free to forward this information to others who may be interested. https://www.pathwaysrtc.pdx.edu/rtcupdates/eblasts/2017-03-youth-voice-assessment-eblast.html
The RTC for Pathways to Positive Futures aims to improve the lives of youth and young adults with serious mental health conditions.
6 aftercare supports youth need. https://t.co/kT52yjCrWR
@AbsoluteLu thanks for the shoutout 🙏
RT @AbsoluteLu: A7: One option is Peer Networks of Support: @FosterClub @jimcaseyyouth @FYinAction @FCAANational @YouthMOVE Local Youth Boa…
Register now for "Multisystemic Therapy for Emerging Adults (MST-EA): Treating Young Adults Who Have Justice Involvement and Behavioral Health Conditions" on March 22 from 1pm – 2pm PST / 4pm – 5pm EST. This webinar will feature Maryann Davis and Ashli Sheidow. During this webinar, they will discuss MST-EA, its focus on reducing recidivism and improving positive functioning, as well as emerging research on this promising intervention. There currently are no proven interventions to reduce recidivism in young adults, with or without behavioral health conditions. MST-EA focuses on reducing recidivism and increasing the young adults’ positive functioning in the critical areas of emerging adulthood (school completion, employment, independent living, and positive social relationships), as well as simultaneously ensuring treatment and management of mental illness and any co-occurring substance use disorder. https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6198930390176971777?source=pathways
The transition to adulthood represents a unique developmental period, with significant changes in educational, vocational, and relational roles and expectations in the face of reduced family influence
Do you know the five ways to wellbeing?
Wellbeing is one of most important aspects of our lives, as individuals and as societies. But despite unprecedented economic prosperity in the last 35 years ...
Could we all be doing better in being inclusive of all mental health disorders in stigma reduction efforts? https://t.co/IrwhgMo3xn
Congrats on your first event Youth MOVE Southeast - Indiana!!!
Wishing everyone a mindful Monday!
Learn more about cyberbullying and join the movement to stop it! #StopCyberBullying
http://blogs.salford.ac.uk/business-school/what-is-cyberbullying Learn what cyberbullying is and how you can identify cyberbullying activities. Website: http...
Have you had a chance to check out FayetteYouth Move's digital story videos yet? Give them a watch! http://fcbha.org/YMOVE.html
Mental Health, Fayette County PA, Fayette County Behavioral Health Administration, Early Intervention, Intellectual Disabilities
Did you know that the Cherokee Nation now has the first nationally recognized Youth M.O.V.E. Chapter in the state of Oklahoma? The tribe’s Native Youth Motivating Others Through Voices of Experience (M.O.V.E.) Heroes group is a partnership between the Cherokee Nation HERO Project and Sequoyah High School. Learn more, here: http://www.cherokee.org/News/Stories/20170306_Cherokee-Nation-Native-Youth-MOVE-group-first-nationally-recognized-chapter-in-the-state
The Cherokee Nation now has the first nationally recognized Youth M.O.V.E. chapter in the state of Oklahoma.
Sometimes you gotta fake it till you make it. These are some great, great tips. https://t.co/rJRBtOzr4L