SAMHSA announces children's mental health awareness day plans

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May 8, 2014 is SAMHSA’s National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day (Awareness Day). Activities will be held in over 1100 communities across the country.

A national launch event complements local activities. The national launch event will be hosted as a plenary session in conjunction with the National Council for Behavioral Health’s annual conference, on May 6 at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in Washington DC, from 1:45 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. EST. The Honorary Chair will be Chiara de Blasio, daughter of Bill de Blasio, Mayor of New York City. The Mayor and the first lady of New York City will share comments. This year the national focus is on the unique needs of young adults, 16 to 25, with behavioral health challenges in the four life domains of housing, education, healthcare access, and employment; as well as the importance of peer support. 

Following the launch event on May 6, KSOC-TV, which stands for “Knowledge network for Systems of Care Television” will premier its 2014 series with an Awareness Day “webisode”, from 3:15 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. EST. The focus of the Awareness Day “webisode” will be best practices in the field that support young adults, including young parents and young veterans. The “webisode” can be accessed by visiting samhsa.gov/children.  During the “webisode”, there will be a live Tweetup for individuals, communities, and grantees to participate in the conversation by uploading questions, comments, and images via Twitter using the hash tag #HeroesofHope. The “webisode” will be archived for those unable to join live. 

A workshop titled, What Really Works for Young Adults: A Candid Conversation will also take place on May 6, from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. EST, as part of the National Council featured workshops. The goals of the workshop are to take a closer look at the unique needs of young adults in the four life domains and to further explore opportunities for behavioral health practitioners to leverage peer support networks in their communities. 

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