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National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day 2014

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Join SAMHSA, 1,100 communities, and 136 national collaborating organizations in celebration of the 2014 National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day: Inspiring Resilience, Creating Hope.

Whether you connect to Awareness Day with the May 6 national launch event near Washington, DC, or the many local events taking place across the country on May 8, you can be part of this nationwide strategy focused on the importance of caring for every child's mental health from birth.

The national launch event will be a special general session of the National Council for Behavioral Health (National Council) annual conference. Chiara de Blasio, the 19-year-old daughter of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, will serve as the 2014 Honorary Chairperson. Ms. de Blasio will be joined onstage by her parents Mayor de Blasio and Chirlane McCray. Health and Human Services Secretary (HHS) Kathleen Sebelius will present Ms. de Blasio with a special recognition award for serving as an example of hope for other young adults by speaking out about her experience with depression and substance use.

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de Blasio Family

Health and Human Services (HHS)
Secretary Kathleen Sebelius

The session will focus the value of peer support in assisting young adults with behavioral health challenges, particularly in the areas of education, employment housing and justice. It will also feature Jim, Michelle, Qaiel, and Sean — four young adults who will share their experiences of resilience and providing peer support. They will be joined onstage with senior Federal officials, including Secretary Sebelius and others who will discuss services and supports available to young adults. The one-hour session will be Webcast live.

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Jim Saintgermain

Michelle Vance

Qaiel Peltier

Sean Campbell

Launch activities also include a workshop beginning at 4 p.m., "What Really Works for Young Adults: A Candid Conversation," to be hosted in collaboration with the National Council. The workshop will offer attendees the opportunity to speak with Chiara, Jim, Michelle, Qaiel, and Sean in more detail about opportunities to support adults with behavioral health challenges.

Click here to learn more about how you can get involved in Awareness Day 2014!

Awareness Day 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.

Communities around the country participate by holding their own Awareness Day events, focusing either on the national theme, or adapting the theme to the populations they serve.

If you or someone you know is in crisis and needs to talk, please call 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255).

Return to main page of SAMHSA.gov/Children | For more information, click here to email AwarenessDay2014@vancomm.com