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.

The Awareness Day 2016 national event, “Finding Help, Finding Hope.” featured three different panel discussions that focused on strategies for improving access to community-based behavioral health services for children, youth, and young adults with mental or substance use disorders and their families. Access these video shorts:

Awareness Day 2016 Video Shorts

View the full on-demand version of the national event webcast (1 hour, 30 minutes).

Access the Awareness Day 2016 Short Report, Increasing Access to Behavioral Health Services and Supports through System of Care (PDF | 750 KB) for new data on systems of care.

Viewers around the country watched the live webcast of the Awareness Day 2016 national event. Many of them took advantage of the opportunity to submit questions to the event’s guest panelists via social media and a web portal. Access the responses to the questions the panelists did not have time to answer during the live event:

National event panelists included youth and family leaders, educators, law enforcement officials, and behavioral health professionals. All panels were moderated by NBC4 Washington 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.

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.

Awareness Day Social Marketing Technical Assistance Webinar

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

Last Updated: 10/06/2016