Planning an event for Awareness Day 2013?

April 29, 2013

awarenessSAMHSA has just released a ton of information to help you get ready for Awareness Day. Whoever does their social marketing has got it goin’ on!

Each year, it is the communities’ creativity and innovation that capture the essence of Awareness Day. Click here to see what communities are already planning for Awareness Day 2013.

Don’t see your community event listed? Fill out and submit your pledge form to share your plans with SAMHSA and the Caring for Every Child’s Mental Health Campaign and to have them included on the Campaign’s Web page!

Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility Waiver Demonstration: Storytelling Project
Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development’s National Technical Assistance Center for Children’s Mental Health has created a documentary video that looks at the impact home and community-based services are having on families and children. Click here to learn more and view the video.

NIMH Twitter Chats
The National Institute of Mental Health (
NIMH) is hosting two Twitter chats in May to celebrate Awareness Day. On May 3, from 11 a.m. to noon EDT, NIMH will host a Twitter chat about childhood attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) with Ben Vitiello, M.D., from NIMH’s Child and Adolescent Treatment and Preventive Intervention Research Branch.

On May 8, from 11 a.m. to noon EDT, NIMH will host a Twitter chat about Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Assocaited with Streptococcal Infections (PANDAS) and Pediatric Acute-onset Neuropsychiatric Syndrome (PANS) with Pail Grant, M.D., and Susan Swedo, M.D., Chief, of NIMH’s Pediatrics and Developmental Neuroscience Branch.

Both Twitter chats will be hosted by @NIMHgov. Use #NIMHchats to join the conversations.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Parent Handbook
MADD has developed a research-based handbook to help parents learn the best way to talk to their teen about underage drinking. Click here to request the handbook.

“The 411 on Teen Drinking” Booklet
Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and State Farm have created a booklet to empower teens to resist peer pressure and prevent other teens from underage drinking. Click here to sign up to receive the research-based booklet.

New Young Adult Resources Available!
Whether you know a young adult or are one yourself, you know that transitioning to adulthood can be a challenging phase. Young adults have to learn how to navigate adult health services, live on their own, find and secure a job, and apply for postsecondary education.

For young adults with mental health challenges, the transition can be even more difficult. SAMHSA’s Caring for Every Child’s Mental Health Campaign has developed and collected resources to address these challenges for young adults, family and friends of young adults, and professionals and providers working with young adults.

Preparing for Awareness Day 2013
Want to add an Awareness Day icon to your Web site and promotional materials? Click here to download the Awareness Day icon, available both with and without the May 9, 2013, date.

Proclamation Template
How can you get your community to officially recognize National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day? It may be easier than you think. Start by sending a letter requesting a proclamation issued by a local official declaring May 9, 2013, as National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day.

Proclamations are also an opportunity to raise awareness of children’s mental health with key audiences. Click here for the National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day proclamation template.

Awareness Day Collaborating Organizations
SAMHSA’s Caring for Every Child’s Mental Health Campaign gratefully acknowledges the more than 135 public and private organizations that are supporting Awareness Day 2013

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