SAMHSA Hosts Town Hall on Helping Children Who Experience Trauma

HHS Secretary, Health Care Professionals, Governors’ Spouses, and Youth and Family Leaders Gather for National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day
Monday, May 7, 2018

Nearly half of the nation’s youth report having experienced at least one traumatic event.[1] The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day 2018 event in Washington, DC, will feature an interactive town hall on strategies to create an integrated health approach to support children, youth, and young adults who have experienced trauma. Awareness Day 2018: “Partnering for Health and Hope Following Trauma,” will take place on Thursday, May 10, at 7 p.m. EDT in Washington, DC, at The George Washington University’s Dorothy Betts Marvin Theatre.

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 for their work to promote trauma-informed care. Governors’ spouses, including First Lady of Wisconsin Tonette Walker and First Lady of North Carolina Kristin Cooper, will accept the award along with NCAI Executive Director Jacqueline Pata. The group will serve as Awareness Day 2018 Honorary Chairpersons.

Attendees and viewers will have the opportunity to discuss strategies for making child-serving systems more trauma-informed. The HHS Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use, Elinore McCance-Katz, M.D., Ph.D., will host the dialogue, which will include 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 conversation will be moderated by NBC4 Washington anchor Aaron Gilchrist.

WHO:            

  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex M. Azar II
  • HHS Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use Elinore McCance-Katz, M.D., Ph.D.
  • First Lady of Wisconsin Tonette Walker
  • First Lady of North Carolina Kristin Cooper
  • Jacqueline Pata, Executive Director, National Congress of American Indians
  • Altha Stewart, M.D., President-elect of the American Psychiatric Association
  • Arthur C. Evans Jr., Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer of the American Psychological Association
  • Patrick McCarthy, Ph.D., President and Chief Executive Officer of the Annie E. Casey Foundation

WHAT: SAMHSA’s National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day 2018 National Event

WHEN: Thursday, May 10, 2018 7–9 p.m. EDT

WHERE: The George Washington University’s Dorothy Betts Marvin Theatre in the Marvin Center at 800 21st Street, NW, Washington, DC 20037

MEDIA: To attend the event or request an interview, contact the Media Services Team at 240–276–2130.

WEBCAST: The event can be viewed via live webcast at www.samhsa.gov/children/awareness-day.

The following individuals will be recognized. Those with an asterisk will be in attendance at the event.

  • Jacqueline Pata, Executive Director, National Congress of American Indians*
  • First Lady Donna Walker (Alaska)*
  • First Lady Angela Ducey (Arizona)
  • First Lady Susan Hutchinson (Arkansas)*
  • First Lady Diana Rauner (Illinois)*
  • First Lady Glenna Bevin (Kentucky)
  • First Lady Donna Edwards (Louisiana)
  • First Lady Yumi Hogan (Maryland)
  • First Lady Lauren Baker (Massachusetts)
  • First Lady Deborah Bryant (Mississippi)
  • First Lady Sheena Greitens (Missouri)
  • First Lady Kristin Cooper (North Carolina)*
  • First Gentleman Wade Christensen (Oklahoma)
  • First Lady Linda Daugaard (South Dakota)*
  • First Lady Crissy Haslam (Tennessee)
  • First Lady Cecilia Abbot (Texas)
  • First Lady Jeanette Herbert (Utah)
  • First Lady Trudi Inslee (Washington)
  • First Lady Tonette Walker (Wisconsin)*

For more information about Awareness Day and to view the list of more than 170 national collaborating organizations, visit www.samhsa.gov/children. Use the hashtag #HeroesofHope to join the conversation on Twitter.

 

[1] A new report based on data from the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) National Survey of Children’s Health (NSCH) shows that nearly half (46 percent) of the nation’s youth report having experienced at least one traumatic event. 

For more information, contact the SAMHSA Press Office at 240-276-2130.


The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA's mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities.

Last Updated: 05/07/2018