Join Us During National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day
Everyone has mental health, this includes children and adolescents. This year, May 7 marks the 10th anniversary of National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day and Each Mind Matters wants to help bring light to mental health challenges in youth. Below are just a few resources to watch, participate in or read if you would like to be a part of this year’s National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day.
We will be following SAMHSA’s National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day 2015: Strengthening Communities by Integrating Care, a national event streaming live from the Lansburgh Theatre in Washington, DC, and providing updates throughout the event on Twitter. You can watch the event live online from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. ET, or follow our updates.
Also happening today will be a Talk, Text, Act event to facilitate mental health conversations among high school students. It’s as easy as gathering a small group of people and texting “start” to 89800. Participants will then receive a series of questions and materials to guide them through a conversation about mental health. Encourage students in your community to participate in this national discussion.
For more resources about mental health in youth, and to listen to inspiring stories from people who have grown up and overcome mental health challenges as adolescents, please visit www.WalkInOurShoes.org. There you will find resources for children and adults explaining what a mental health challenge is, myths and facts and how to give and get help. You can also encourage youth in your community to create their own shoe that will tell their individual story.
Please join us this National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day in one or all of these activities. Together, we can reduce mental health stigma and discrimination through conversations.