Whiteboard Campaign for Children's Mental Health!
The Network is committed to shaping the story of what an improved children's mental health service delivery system could and should look like. In order to do this, we need to hear from you. What are your questions that need to be asked to help us develop a comprehensive strategy for improving children's mental health? Send in a photo of you holding up your question and help us get on step closer to our goal! Click here to get started.
SAMHSA (and Cyndi Lauper) just wanna have fun on Children's Mental Health Awareness Day!
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's seventh annual National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day celebration is Wednesday, May 9th. The 2012 Awareness Day national event, "Heroes of Hope,” is being held at The George Washington University's Lisner Auditorium in Washington, D.C. Grammy award-winning singer, songwriter and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) rights activist Cyndi Lauper will serve as honorary chair.
Now that you are hummin' that famous Lauper song about girls just wantin' to have fun (come on, you know you are) you should also check out the Heroes of Hope Flickr Challenge 2012. Youth across the country can join the Heroes of Hope Flickr Challenge by uploading a photo of their hero to Flickr. The top photos will be linked to from SAMHSA's Awareness Day Web page, starting in June. Click here for details.
Network members take note: The Network has signed on as a supporter of Children's Mental Health Awareness Day. We are hard at work in the back end of the website loading it up with tons of great resources for you to use to have a most successful Awareness Day. If you love the Network (and we know you do!) and you have Awareness Day materials that you think are spot on, send them to us and tell us what you are doing. We will share your good work with our ever-growing collective voice and will promote your efforts far and wide. Now that's a great deal! While waiting for fellow Network members to send in materials please be sure to visit the Caring for Every Child's Mental Health Campaign website which is chock-full of great Awareness Day resources.
National Children's Mental Health Awareness Week is May 6 - 12, 2012
The National Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health declares the first full week in May as National Children's Mental Health Awareness Week. This week is dedicated to increasing public awareness about the triumphs and challenges in children's mental health and emphasizing the importance of family and youth involvement in the children's mental health movement! Click here to learn more and get involved.
Mental Health America - May is Mental Health Awareness Month
Mental Health America has posted their webpage focusing on "May is Mental Health Awareness Month" which began in 1949 to raise awareness of mental health conditions and mental wellness for all. This year, they are addressing these important issues through two themes:
Do More for 1 in 4 is a call to action to help the 1 in 4 American adults who live with a diagnosable, treatable mental health condition and the fact that they can go on to live full and productive lives. Download the Do More For 1in4 Toolkit.
The second theme, Healing Trauma's Invisible Wounds, focuses on the impact of traumatic events on individuals and communities. It centers around asking the person-based question: "What happened to you?" Download the Healing Trauma's Invisible Wounds Toolkit.
Want more information? Visit their website.