The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) marks its annual observance of National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day on May 8, 2014. The day is entitled, “Inspiring Resilience, Creating Hope” and will feature events taking place across America focusing on the importance of the mental health of children from birth onward.
The Honorary Chairperson of the day is New York Mayor Bill de Blasios’s teenage daughter, who will speak about her struggles with depression at the National Conference for Behavioral Health conference in Washington, D.C. Four other teenagers will appear in to share their experiences and offer support for other children.
What You Can Do in Your Community
Visit the SAMHSA website for event tip sheets and planning materials to hold an event in your community, offering support and guidance to children suffering from mental health issues. According to SAMHSA, over 1,100 nationwide communities hold events every year for National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day. Some of the sponsored events have included movie shows, rallies and art exhibits.
A few current activities planned nationwide include a Scavenger Hunt in Washington, D.C. for young teens that will feature messages about the importance of emotional health, places to find mental health services and resources for teens with mental health issues. Another event taking place in Maryland through the Children’s Mental Health Matters Campaign is an event featuring a hundred agencies that will present educational awareness for children’s mental health, along with webinars and an art exhibit.
These are just a few of the events taking place across the nation for National Children’s Mental Health Day on May 8, 2014. Any event you or a community organization can plan to support children suffering from mental illness would be wonderful. No matter how big or small, just showing your support to kids who really need it could make an enormous difference in their lives. Just an educational presentation on how to express feelings through the arts or handing out early detection tip sheets to families would benefit children in your community.
- "Mind Your Health" During Mental Health Awareness Month
- 7 Quick Tips For Taking Care of Your Mental Health
- A Children's Book Highlights Mental Health For PTSD Awareness Month
- Bringing Mental Health & Suicide Prevention Week into the Light
- Caring for Mind & Body -- During Mental Health Month & Beyond