Monday, May 6, 2019

Today is Children's Mental Health Awareness Day!

National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day Banner in red, white, and blue.

SAVE THE DATE: SAMHSA’s National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day 2019

Suicide Prevention: Strategies That Work

Monday, May 6, 2019 | 3 – 4:30 p.m. EDT

On Monday, May 6, SAMHSA will host the Awareness Day 2019 event, with the theme of “Suicide Prevention: Strategies That Work.”
National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day (Awareness Day) shines a national spotlight on the importance of caring for every child’s mental health, and reinforces that positive mental health is essential to a child’s healthy development.
At the event—suicide prevention experts, senior government officials, as well as a family member and young adult representative who have been affected by suicide, will share evidence-based suicide prevention practices that can save lives. We invite you to join us for this important discussion about how we can all prevent suicide for children, youth, and young adults.
Through the Awareness Day 2019 event, SAMHSA’s goal is to educate state agency personnel; primary care and mental health care providers; child-serving professionals; and families, youth, and young adults across the country about strategies that prevent suicide.
SAMHSA is proud to partner with other federal agencies, states, communities, tribes, territories, and health care systems to spearhead the federal government’s efforts to address suicide. Read the latest SAMHSA blog post on suicide prevention strategies that work.
To attend the event virtually, tune in to the LIVE webcast —and join the conversation using #HeroesofHope on Twitter and Facebook.

Learn more about Awareness Day

Mental health issues affect millions of Americans every year—one in five adults and nearly 50 percent of children. Invisible at first glance and too often stigmatized, mental health disorders are linked to chronic diseases, substance use disorders, and loss of life. Improving mental health outcomes can support better health and well-being for children and families across the country. Here, we highlight three opportunities for change.

Moms Need More Advocates

Despite the prevalence of maternal depression—up to 80 percent of mothers experience some range of symptoms—too many moms don’t get the help they need to heal. And when a mother’s health suffers, her child’s health often suffers too. As family members, community health workers, clinicians, and public health stakeholders, you are all key advocates for helping more mothers receive depression screenings and referrals. Share this issue brief so that more people can learn about maternal depression and understand how they can help moms receive care.  
mom and doctor

Eliminate Childhood Trauma

This is how then 14-year-old Aliza Murphy described her mental health a year and a half after a young boy fired a gun in her middle school classroom. Aliza is not alone. Over half of American children are affected by childhood trauma, beginning right from the earliest moments of life and continuing through adolescence. Here, Aliza’s mother and NICHQ Project Director Colleen Murphy explains why health improvement initiatives need to seek systems that support all aspects of children’s health, even those that are invisible.  

Building Blocks for Lifelong Mental Health

Strong early social and emotional development gives children the building blocks for lifelong mental health. Pediatric primary care can help children build this foundation by fostering social and emotional development in the same way it focuses on physical health and cognitive development. Interested in learning more?
child building 

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