National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day is a key strategy of “Caring for Every Child’s Mental Health,” which is part of the Public Awareness and Support Strategic Initiative by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. The effort seeks to raise awareness about the importance of children’s mental health and that positive mental health is essential to a child’s healthy development from birth. This year, the national theme will focus on building resilience in young children dealing with trauma.
Communities around the country will participate by holding their own Awareness Day events, focusing either on the national theme, or adapting the theme to the populations they serve. On Awareness Day 2010, more than 1,000 sites held Awareness Day events and nearly 11,000 children and youth participated.
As always, the release of the SAMHSA Short Report will coincide with Awareness Day. The 2011 Short Report will feature how systems of care can positively affect children who have experienced trauma.
For more information, visit http://www.samhsa.gov/children/.