Awareness Day 2017

Awareness Day 2017 was on Thursday, May 4.

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 local Awareness Day activities and events around the country.

SAMHSA’s Awareness Day event took place on Thursday, May 4, at 7 p.m. EDT in Washington, DC. Olympic champions Michael Phelps and Allison Schmitt served as Honorary Chairpersons of the event and received Special Recognition Awards from Secretary of Health and Human Services Thomas E. Price, M.D. Mr. Phelps and Ms. Schmitt have supported each other through mental health challenges and emerged as advocates for treating mental health as an intrinsic part of overall wellness. Watch the on-demand webcast of SAMHSA’s event to hear remarks and panel discussions.

Youth and family leaders, primary care providers, and behavioral health professionals shared their perspectives on panels featuring topics such as:

  • The importance of social, emotional, behavioral, and physical health needs of children, youth, and young adults
  • Modeling effective communication practices between behavioral health providers, primary care providers, families, and youth
  • Addressing the needs of youth with co-occurring chronic illnesses and mental and/or substance use disorders

During the SAMHSA event, families, youth, and young adults across the country had an opportunity to pose questions to panelists on the stage through email and social media.

Additional Background Information:

Also, in observance of Awareness Day 2017, the American Art Therapy Association collaborated with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Head Start and Youth M.O.V.E. National to send out a call for art from children, youth, and young adults. They invited young artists to show how they interpreted the words “I am a work of art.” All submissions were created with the recognition that art can provide a powerful strategy for working through behavioral health challenges. The result of hundreds of submissions, this digital exhibition celebrates the important role of art and creativity in mental health, wellness, and social-emotional well-being for our children, youth, and young adults.

Last Updated: 04/17/2019