More than 1,100 communities, 145 federal programs, and organizations across the country observed National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day 2016.
The Awareness Day 2016 national event, “Finding Help, Finding Hope.” focused on strategies for improving access to community-based behavioral health services for children, youth, and young adults with mental and/or substance use disorders and their families. Viewers around the country watched a live webcast of the event. Many of them submitted questions to the event’s guest panelists via social media and a web portal. Access recordings and materials from the event:
- Awareness Day 2016 Final Report
- National event webcast (one hour, 30 minutes)
- Viewer-submitted Awareness Day 2016 Questions and Answers – 2016 (PDF | 612 KB) includes responses to questions the panelists did not have time to answer during the live event.
- The Awareness Day 2016 short report, Increasing Access to Behavioral Health Services and Supports Through System of Care – 2016 (PDF | 750 KB), discusses the benefits of serving children and adolescents within a system of care and includes new data on systems of care.
Video Shorts and Conversation Starters
The Awareness Day 2016 video shorts are excerpts from SAMHSA’s Awareness Day 2016 national event webcast. Communities can use these technical assistance resources in their outreach efforts. The videos can also be used in discussions about improving access to mental health services for children, youth, and young adults.
To help you start these discussions, each video is accompanied by a “conversation starter” that includes:
- The video’s purpose and intended audience
- Discussion questions
- How the topic relates to your system of care and its work
The following video shorts and conversation starters are available: