Use the template below to develop an Awareness Day fact sheet about your organization.
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What is National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day?
In 2006, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA) Center for Mental Health Services launched an annual national initiative called "National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day." Awareness Day is designated as a day in May of each year to coincide with May Is Mental Health Month. This day presents an opportunity for children's mental health initiatives within SAMHSA and Awareness Day cosponsors and supporters to promote positive youth development, resilience, recovery, and the transformation of mental health services delivery for children and youth with serious mental health needs and their families.
The theme of the fifth annual celebration of Awareness Day is "Thriving in the Community." In 2010, Awareness Day will focus on early childhood for the first time with the key message that "positive mental health is essential to a child's healthy development from birth." Children's mental health initiatives will hold similar events and other activities throughout the country to build awareness that children's mental health needs are real and that progress is being made toward developing effective strategies for achieving the vision of a life in the community for everyone.
Why is the [NAME OF YOUR PROGRAM] participating in Awareness Day?
How can [MEMBERS OF YOUR PROGRAM] get involved?
Where can I get more information about Awareness Day?
Information and materials on Awareness Day are available online at www.samhsa.gov/children. You can also call [YOUR TELEPHONE NUMBER] or visit [YOUR WEB SITE] for details.