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.
In addition to weekly Wednesday sessions Child & Family Connections has added weekly Saturday sessions to their Parent Support Group for parents with a mental illness. Please help them to spread the word about this Free Nationwide Parent Support Group.
No registration required. Call at start of group (toll free 1-888-601-3515) or participate online at https://www.uberconference.com/childandfamily
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.
July 26, 2015 marked the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Listen to what Patrick has to say about the ADA.
In recognition of Mental Health Awareness Month the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation will be running an awareness campaign. You can participate in the “Stop Stigma with Science” awareness campaign by “liking”, “sharing”, “tweeting” or commenting on their social media posts. For more information or to download their “Outreach Toolkit” visit their “Stop Stigma with Science” campaign website.