Caring for Every Child's Mental Health

Awareness Day 2018

Awareness Day 2018 is on Thursday, May 10.

The Awareness Day 2018 national event in Washington, DC, will feature an interactive town hall discussion on strategies for making child-serving systems more trauma-informed.

The discussion will feature governors’ spouses, senior federal officials, and youth and family leaders as well as executives from the nation’s leading organizations for professionals in the fields of primary care, behavioral health, and child welfare. The in-person and live webcast audience members will have the opportunity to join the conversation by asking questions of the speakers. The conversation will be moderated by NBC4 Washington anchor Aaron Gilchrist.

U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Alex M. Azar II will present the spouses of 18 governors and the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) with a SAMHSA Special Recognition Award. Governors’ spouses, including First Lady of Wisconsin Tonette Walker and First Lady of North Carolina Kristin Cooper, will accept the award for their work in trauma-informed care at the state level. NCAI Executive Director Jacqueline Pata will accept the award on behalf of tribal nations across the country for their work in supporting trauma-informed care. The 18 governors’ spouses and Ms. Pata will serve as Awareness Day 2018 Honorary Chairpersons.

The in-person audience members and those viewing the live webcast will have the opportunity to join the conversation by asking questions of the speakers.

More than 1,100 communities and 170 national collaborating organizations and federal programs plan local Awareness Day activities and events around the country.

Read more below to learn how you and your community can get involved!

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Last Updated: 05/10/2018