April 7, 2016

Mark Your Calendar for Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day and National Prevention Week

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services (SAMHSA) will hold its National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day (Awareness Day) May 5 and National Prevention Week May 15-21.

The annual health observances are dedicated to increasing public awareness of, and action around, mental and/or substance use disorders. The overall theme for this year’s National Prevention Week is “Strong As One. Stronger Together.”

Explore the National Prevention Week website to learn more about how you can get involved, from planning a community event to participating in the “I Choose” Project.

In addition, coalitions can participate in the Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day, themed “Finding Help, Finding Hope,” which will explore how communities can increase access to behavioral health services and supports for children, youth, and young adults who experience mental or substance use disorders and their families by:

  • Organizing an Awareness Day Live! viewing event on May 5 at 7 p.m. EST. Gather a group to watch the live webcast and participate in the onstage discussion via digital or social media using the hashtag #HeroesofHope.
  • Join the social media conversation using the hashtag #HeroesofHope. Use the hashtag to share your ideas and perspectives leading up to Awareness Day, during the national observance on May 5, and throughout the month of May.
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