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[YOUR CITY]-Based [YOUR PROGRAM NAME] Joins More than 1,100 National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day Celebrations Across the Country

[CITY, State] — Today, [NAME OF YOUR PROGRAM] joined more than 1,100 communities across the country in celebrating the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day to highlight the importance of positive mental health from birth. This year, the national focus of Awareness Day is how peer support can enhance resilience in young adults with mental health and substance use challenges.

For [INSERT NUMBER] years, [NAME OF YOUR PROGRAM] has offered young children, youth, and young adults with mental health and substance use challenges in [INSERT NAME OF COMMUNITY] the services and supports they need to meet their goals at home, at school, and in the community. Research has shown that young adults (ages 18—25) taking part in community-based treatment programs achieve positive outcomes in behavioral and emotional health, daily life skills, employment, enrollment in school, and reduced homelessness.

To celebrate Awareness Day locally, [NAME OF YOUR PROGRAM] hosted [INSERT DESCRIPTION OF EVENT], involving more than [MINIMUM NUMBER OF EXPECTED PARTICIPANTS] from [NAMES(S) OF AREA(S)]. [[INCLUDE ANY OTHER PERTINENT INFORMATION REGARDING YOUR EVENT HERE.] [IF EVENT/PROGRAM ADDRESSES THE NATIONAL FOCUS ON YOUNG ADULTS, INSERT DETAILS HERE].

The launch event will focus on the unique needs of young adults, ages 16–25, with mental health challenges and the value of peer support in helping young adults build resilience in the four life domains of housing, education, employment and health care access.

"Awareness Day is an opportunity for us to join with more than a thousand communities across the country in celebrating the positive impact that we can have on the lives of children, youth and young adults when we are able to integrate positive mental health into every environment," said [NAME AND TITLE OF PROGRAM SPOKESPERSON]. "When we focus on building resilience and social-emotional skills in young children from birth, we can help young children, youth, and their families thrive."

Data released on May 5, 2013, by SAMHSA indicates [INSERT HIGHLIGHTS FROM NATIONAL EVALUATION DATA FROM 2013 SHORT REPORT THAT SUPPORTS YOUR COMMUNITY'S WORK].

In [INSERT CITY/COUNTY], [SHARE RELEVANT LOCAL EVALUATION DATA if available].

[INSERT QUOTE FROM YOUTH OR FAMILY MEMBER ABOUT WHAT AWARENESS DAY MEANS TO THEM]

[SHORT DESCRIPTION OF YOUR PROGRAM HERE THAT SAYS WHAT IT IS, WHEN IT WAS ESTABLISHED, HOW IT IS FUNDED, WHY IT EXISTS, WHO IT HELPS, AND ITS GEOGRAPHICAL SERVICES AREA.]

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

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