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.
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.
This year’s theme is “Respite: Care for Caregivers“.
R is for “Rest and Relaxation”
E as in “Energize”
S as in “Sleep”
P is for “Programs that can help you”
I as in “Imagination”
T as in “Take Five”
E is for “Exhale”
Read more: http://nfca.typepad.com/nfc_month_2015/
Check out an interview with this year’s key note speaker on Yahoo News. To view the video click on this link: Patrick Kennedy breaks silence on family’s addiction secrets.
Check out Patrick’s interview where he talks about his and his family’s struggles with mental health issues and addiction.
On October 5, 2015, Patrick Kennedy’s book, A Common Struggle, will be released. The book details his personal and political battle with mental illness and addiction, exploring mental health care’s history in the country alongside his and every family’s private struggles.
A Common Struggle weaves together Kennedy’s private and professional narratives, echoing Kennedy’s philosophy that for him, the personal is political and the political personal. Focusing on the years from his ’coming out’ about suffering from bipolar disorder and addiction to the present day, the book examines Kennedy’s journey toward recovery and reflects on Americans’ propensity to treat mental illnesses as “family secrets.”
Patrick’s new book will be available for purchase at the 4th Annual Family Resilience Conference. He will do a book signing following his keynote address and audience Q&A.
For more information this symposium hosted by the Mental Health Association of SEPA see the MHASP Advocacy Facebook page.