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Youth M.O.V.E.’s Kendrick Burk rocks SAMHSA Awareness Day kickoff

May 09, 2013

awareness articleGreat story in Youth Today about the National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day kickoff, featuring HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, SAMHSA Administrator Pamela S. Hyde, Youth M.O.V.E. Executive Director Lacey Kendrick Burk and Demi Lovato (along with her 13.7 million twitter followers).

All of the speakers were excellent but Lacy Kendrick Burk in particular held the audience spellbound with her impassioned personal story. She recalled being considered a foster care success story for her journey through the child welfare system but that according to her, “No one knew that … I was reeling from the effects of trauma and undiagnosed mental health issues.”  Burk credited support from her mother and other supportive adults and peers for helping her through trying times where she “jeopardized a full scholarship to college because she couldn’t get out of bed to go to class, support from her mother and other caring adults and peers helped her eventually get her college and graduate degrees and succeed in her professional and personal lives.” (quoted from Youth Today article)

Hang on, we have a bonus for you. Watch the virtual event held later that day. There are some amazing stories and quotes from young people that you won’t want to miss, including a review from the short report on the Child Mental Health Initiative

SAMHSA’s National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day virtual event features stories from young adults with mental health and substance use challenges who have developed connections in their community to overcome challenges and develop resilience at home, school, work, and in accessing health care services. The event is emceed by Emmy award-winning news anchor Leon Harris from ABC 7/WJLA-TV. For more information, visit www.samhsa.gov/children..

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