Listed below are several tips and suggestions on how your organization and community can participate in awareness raising activities in honor of National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day.
A proclamation is an official, formal announcement made by state or local officials. Communities may ask a legislator, mayor or community leader to sponsor a proclamation to honor National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day. SAMHSA's Sample Proclamation.
Today, it is easier than ever to reach out to legislators, state and local officials. They can be reached by phone, email, fax or through the web. You can reach out to either state or federal lawmakers. Visit NAMI's Advocacy Page for information and talking points.
Informative as they are beneficial, presentations can be held in community locations such as schools, libraries, community centers, town halls, etc. They can highlight national and local programs, provide valuable statistics and raise awareness about children’s mental health. Use NAMI’s Raising Children's Mental Health Awareness presentation in your community.
Plan an award ceremony to honor an outstanding advocate or champion of children’s issues, such as a public servant, community leader or legislator that has helped raise awareness about children’s mental health and/or has taken action on behalf of children. This could be in the form of a plaque, a framed award, a media piece that honors the person, etc.
Use social media websites such as Facebook or Twitter to share links to facts, articles and publications about children’s mental health. If you are hosting a special event, use social media outlets as a vehicle for pro¬motion. Consider hosting concerts with local bands, open mic nights, art shows, book and poetry readings and other community events to raise awareness about children’s mental health more broadly. These types of events also offer the opportunity to involve a younger audience. You can also ignite a social media campaign by encouraging others to post messages on Facebook. Twitter and in the blogosphere about children’s mental health.
Below are several more tips for promoting National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day. Please note, some of these suggestions may be budget sensitive.
To view additional resources provided by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration dedicated to National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day, visit www.samsha.gov/children.
You can also view these suggested activities in a printable tip sheet.
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