The National Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health is gearing up for an exciting Children's Mental Health Awareness Week, May 6 - 12, 2012. This year, they are partnering with the Child Mind Institute’s Speak Up for Kids to provide another way that you can celebrate National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week.
Here is the message from Sandra Spencer, Executive Director, to the membership of the National Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health.
- More than 15 million children have a psychiatric or learning disorder in the United States alone. Less than half of them will ever get help. Speak Up for Kids can help.
- This year during Awareness Week, we encourage you to participate in Speak Up for Kids, a free nationwide campaign to spread the word about the signs and symptoms of psychiatric and learning disorders in children and teens. During Awareness Week (May 6-12, 2012), Speak Up for Kids connects parents and educators with local child and adolescent psychiatrists and other mental health professionals in communities across the nation, who will share their knowledge and the message that early diagnosis and treatment are key to success in school, with friends, and at home.
- Sign up today to host a Speak Up for Kids talk in your community! This is a great opportunity to provide parents and educators with important information and resources that can help impact the lives of children and families in your community. The Child Mind Institute has developed a "Speak Up for Kids Toolkit" with all of the materials necessary to help plan and promote a successful Speak Up for Kids talk, and can help pair your organization with local mental health professionals who can give the talk. We are also working with the Child Mind Institute to develop some advocacy tools that you can distribute to parents and educators who attend your talk to encourage them to get involved.
- Visit childmind.org/speakupforkids for information about Speak Up for Kids and to preview the resources available to help plan your Speak Up for Kids talk. Contact Malorie Schecter, Public Education Manager, with any questions at all (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- Partners in the Child Mind Institute's Speak Up for Kids include the National Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health, American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP), Parents magazine, Hunter Boot, The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA), and many others.