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National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day 2013

October 23, 2012

SAMHSA has just released information full of great tips for planning a successful Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day, scheduled for May 9, 2013.

Here is just some of what is coming your way over the coming months (from the SAMHSA announcement released today):

  • Tip Sheets for Professionals Working with Systems of Care
    SAMHSA’s Caring for Every Child’s Mental Health Campaign developed a series of tip sheets that include valuable information for professionals working in child welfare, education, juvenile justice, and health care. These tip sheets include system-specific data and information about how Systems of Care can help the community. To view the tip sheets, click here.
  • The Value of Social Marketing in Systems of Care
    Why is social marketing valuable to Systems of Care? Click here to access tips for using social marketing for sustainability and raising awareness of children’s mental health issues and System of Care values.
  • 2012 ECCO Winners
    In 2012, 75 entries from 36 System of Care communities were submitted in 7 categories for the Excellence in Community Communications and Outreach (ECCO) Recognition Program, which celebrates outstanding achievements in communications and social marketing by System of Care communities.

    This program provides communities an opportunity to share their successes and learn from the talents, strengths, and accomplishments of their peers. To browse entries from the 2012 ECCO winners and download the 2013 Call for Entries and Entry Form, click here.

  • New Resources Available
    The American Occupational Therapy Association, a national organization established to improve the quality of occupational therapy services, developed various tip sheets and fact sheets for individuals who care for and work with children and youth to help them navigate various topics, such as mental health in school settings and making Halloween enjoyable for children with sensory challenges.  
  • National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day Webcast
    Did you miss the live Webcast on May 9? There’s still time to watch it. It will be available on http://www.samhsa.gov/children through November 9, 2012. Use #HeroesofHope to share your thoughts about the Webcast on your favorite social media networks.
  • Awareness Day Photos
    To see photos from Awareness Day 2012 and past Awareness Day events, visit www.flickr.com/samhsa.
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