Caring for Every Child's Mental Health

National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day 2016

National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day 2016 was May 5. View the on-demand webcast and use the hashtag #HeroesofHope to join the conversation.

Watch the on-demand version of Awareness Day 2016: “Finding Help. Finding Hope.” (1 hour 38 minutes) and check out the Awareness Day 2016 Short Report with new data on systems of care: Increasing Access to Behavioral Health Services and Supports through System of Care (PDF | 750 KB)

The 2016 national event took place on Thursday, May 5, at 7 p.m. EDT in Washington, DC, at The George Washington University School of Media & Public Affairs’ Jack Morton Auditorium. The event—Awareness Day 2016: “Finding Help, Finding Hope.”—explored how communities can increase access to behavioral health services and supports for children, youth, and young adults who experience mental or substance use disorders and their families.

The event featured a highly interactive format in which youth and family leaders, educators, law enforcement officials, and behavioral health professionals discussed how communities can work together to improve access to behavioral health services and supports. The event was webcast live as a special edition of Knowledge Network for Systems of Care TV (KSOC-TV).

Organizations and individuals from communities around the country shared insights on strategies for overcoming barriers to behavioral health care access. Audience members had the opportunity to ask questions and share their perspectives.

In addition, SAMHSA presented a Special Recognition Award to this year’s Honorary Chairperson, Reid Ewing—best known for his role as Dylan on “Modern Family”—for his efforts to promote openness and educate others about mental health.

SAMHSA participants included Principal Deputy Administrator Kana Enomoto and Center for Mental Health Services Director Paolo del Vecchio, MSW.

All panels were moderated by NBC4 Washington Morning News Anchor Aaron Gilchrist. Communities, collaborating organizations, and individuals around the country participated in Awareness Day Live! events and interacted with the onstage discussion by sharing questions, ideas, or insights via email, Twitter, or text. As moderator, Mr. Gilchrist shared questions and comments from viewers around the country.

Communities and individuals countrywide can continue to participate in the ongoing conversation by:

  • Hosting a viewing event of the on-demand version of Awareness Day Live! The event might involve a viewing of all or part of the national webcast, along with a discussion of the unique challenges and opportunities related to behavioral health care access in your community.
  • Joining the social media conversation using the hashtag #HeroesofHope. Use the hashtag to share your ideas, experiences, and perspectives throughout the month of May.

Awareness Day Banners

Download Awareness Day banners to promote the 2016 national event.

Awareness Day Social Marketing Technical Assistance Webinar

Check out the webinar “Awareness Day: What’s in it for Your Community?”

Last Updated: 05/13/2016