Caring for Every Child's Mental Health

National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day

Learn about Awareness Day and find activities and resources to support your own efforts to raise awareness.

Awareness Day Resources

Find tips and tools to help you prepare for your Awareness Day activities.

National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day seeks to raise awareness about the importance of children’s mental health and to show that positive mental health is essential to a child’s healthy development from birth.

Awareness Day 2018

Awareness Day 2018: Partnering for Health and Hope Following Trauma is on May 10. This year’s national observance focuses on the importance of an integrated health approach to supporting children, youth, and young adults with serious emotional disturbance who have experienced trauma. For more information and downloadable graphics, visit the continually updated Awareness Day 2018 page.

Awareness Day 2017

Awareness Day 2017: “Partnering for Help and Hope” focused on the importance of addressing physical, mental, emotional, and behavioral health needs together when providing services and supports for children, youth, and young adults. Communities, national collaborating organizations, and federal programs organized observances around the country. Olympic champions Michael Phelps and Allison Schmitt served as Honorary Chairs of the Awareness Day 2017 event in Washington, D.C. Secretary of Health and Human Services Thomas E. Price, M.D., presented Special Recognition Awards to both Mr. Phelps and Ms. Schmitt. Watch the on-demand webcast of SAMHSA’s event and learn more about Awareness Day 2017.

Awareness Day 2016

In 2016, a highly interactive Awareness Day national event featured youth and family leaders, public educators, law enforcement officials, and behavioral health professionals discussing how communities can work together to improve access to behavioral health services and supports. It included a live webcast allowing online viewers and audience members the opportunity to ask questions and share their perspectives.

Last Updated: 02/09/2018