National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day 2012

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National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day, May 9, 2012National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day is a key strategy of the Caring for Every Child's Mental Health Campaign, which is part of the Public Awareness and Support Strategic Initiative by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.

The effort seeks to raise awareness about the importance of children's mental health and that positive mental health is essential to a child's healthy development from birth. Last year, the national theme focused on building resilience in young children dealing with trauma.

Communities around the country participated by holding their own Awareness Day events, focusing either on the national theme, or adapting the theme to the populations they serve.

Click here to download the "2011 Short Report: Helping Children and Youth Who Have Experienced Traumatic Events". (PDF - 168 kb)

Save the date for Awareness Day 2012 — Wednesday, May 9, 2012!

Click here to learn about the Benefits of Collaborating on Awareness Day Year-Round.

To follow the progress of Awareness Day planning for 2012 go to the SAMHSA website and find out how you can get involved!

Be sure to also check out what is happening during the entire week of celebration!
Awareness Day falls in the middle of Children's Mental Health Awareness Week so be sure to check out what the National Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health is doing through its Chapters and State Organizations leading up to a most festive and celebratory week. The National Federation and SAMHSA work closely together during this week of celebration so participate in both amazing events!

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