National Prevention Week (NPW) is May 14 to 20, 2017, and is an annual health observance focused on increasing public awareness of, and action around, mental health and substance use disorders. Each year, communities and organizations across the country come together to raise awareness about the importance of substance use prevention and positive mental health. This year’s theme is “Making Each Day Count.”
For more information and to register for their live web event on Monday, May 15th visit SAMHSA’s Prevention Day website.
National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day seeks to raise awareness about the importance of children’s mental health and to show that positive mental health is essential to a child’s healthy development from birth.
Awareness Day 2017’s national focus is on the importance of integrating behavioral health and primary care for children, youth, and young adults with mental and/or substance use disorders. The 2017 national theme is “Partnering for Help and Hope.”
Olympic champions Michael Phelps, the world’s most decorated Olympian, and Allison Schmitt, an eight–time Olympic medalist will serve as Honorary Chairpersons of SAMHSA’s National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day 2017 national event on Thursday, May 4th at 7 p.m. EDT in Washington, DC.
The event will feature interactive panel discussions about understanding the connection between physical and behavioral health; improving communication between primary care providers, behavioral health providers, and youth and families; and supporting the mental health needs of youth who experience chronic illness.
SAMHSA will webcast the event live on www.samhsa.gov/children. Viewers can join the online conversation using #HeroesofHope and pose questions to onstage panelists via Twitter and email during the event.
The Kennedy Forum has launched the Parity Complaint Registry to track, study and report on how insurance companies are making adverse determinations against people with mental health or addiction issues.
Health insurance carriers are supposed to provide coverage for mental health and substance use disorders that is equal to the kind of coverage that is offered for medical/surgical benefits, especially in regard to financial requirements and treatment limitations.
The Parity Complaint Registry will record and document complaints of people who were denied their rights to equal coverage by insurers who are evading the consumer protections intended by federal parity law.
The Resources Page of the Parity Complaint Registry website also provides information to help consumers who want to file a complaint or appeal with their health plan or State regulatory agency.
September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. Suicidal thoughts can affect anyone regardless of age, gender or background. Suicide is the third leading cause of death (behind accidents and homicides) for teenagers. For additional information see:
The American Academy of Child Adolescent Psychiatry’s Facts for Families on Teen Suicide.
Check out Erin Clemen’s blog post over at The Mighty website: What ‘Finding Dory’ Taught Me as Someone on the Autism Spectrum.
The 2016 national event will take place on Thursday, May 5, at 7 p.m. EDT in Washington, DC. The event—Awareness Day 2016: “Finding Help, Finding Hope.”—will explore how communities can increase access to behavioral health services and supports for children, youth, and young adults who experience mental or substance use disorders and their families.
The event will feature a highly interactive format in which youth and family leaders, educators, law enforcement officials, and behavioral health professionals will discuss how communities can work together to improve access to behavioral health services and supports. It will also be webcast live.
Register to attend the national event and learn more:
The Month of May is also National Mental Health Awareness Month. Read the Presidential Proclamation.
The Autism Speaks Walk for Philadelphia
Saturday, October 22, 2016
Citizens Bank Park
Help spread the word!
For more details visit their website.
Read more about Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) at the Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) website.
Read some personal accounts of TBI at HuffPost.
Learn about Devereux’s Community Living Program for Individuals with Brain Injury.