Okay Network faithful, it looks like SAMHSA has been up late putting together some great resources to help you spread the word about children's mental health. Here is the latest from their social media team.
- Help us spread the word about children's mental health by sharing the message below on your social media pages or email signatures. If you're tweeting it, be sure to add the hashtag #HeroesofHope to join the national Awareness Day conversation!
Since 2011, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has extended coverage and increased access to mental health and substance abuse services to more than 3 million previously uninsured young adults ages 19 to 25.
Young adults with behavioral health challenges can be resilient with the help of family, friends, providers, and other Heroes of Hope. Visit http://1.usa.gov/12LzrRW to learn more.
Sample Social Media Policy
What does your organization need to know before engaging in social media? Do you have a designated social media manager? What are the manager's responsibilities? SAMHSA's Caring for Every Child's Mental Health Campaign has created a Sample Social Media Policy that you can customize for your own program, to ensure that your social media communications are consistent with your goals and objectives.
Finding and Involving Partners
One of the most effective strategies for System of Care success is forming and cultivating partnerships. Whether preparing for National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day or a children's mental health conference, involving partners can significantly advance your goals to gain support in your awareness-raising efforts. Learn more about partnership development at http://1.usa.gov/SdZeOb.
Event Planning Checklist and Timeline
Are you planning an Awareness Day event? There can be a lot of details to consider, beyond just setting a date. Some of these can include venue, materials, partner involvement, and budget, among other things. Use SAMHSA's Caring for Every Child's Mental Health Campaign event checklist to help you plan your Awareness Day activity.
2013 ECCO Call for Entries and Entry Form
SAMHSA's Caring for Every Child's Mental Health Campaign wants to showcase and celebrate your system of care's achievements in communications and social marketing, but you need to show us what you did! Enter the Excellence in Community Communications and Outreach (ECCO) Recognition Program today and share your successes. Download the 2013 Call for Entries and Entry Form and be sure to submit your entry(s) by Friday, March 22, 2013.
Upcoming Conferences and Meetings
The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is hosting its annual Week of the Young Child™, April 14-20, 2013. The annual celebration brings a national focus to the needs of young children and their families and the services that help them meet those needs. The theme of the 2013 Week of the Young Child is "Early Years Are Learning Years."®