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National Children's Mental Health Awareness Week/ Day
Children's Mental Health Awareness Week (May 5-11) was created by the National Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health and is held every year during the first full week of May. This year's theme: Out of the Shadows: Exposing Stigma.
Children's Mental Health Awareness Day (May 9) was created by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) in 1994 to increase awareness around children's mental health. Held in honor of this annual recognition, an annual legislative briefing, featuring singer/songwriter Demi Lovato, will be held on Tuesday, May 7 in Washington D.C.
Watch the Awareness Day press briefing live on May 7 at 10 a.m. EDT and tune in for the premiere of the Awareness Day virtual event on May 7 at 3 p.m. EDT at www.samhsa.gov/children. Follow #HeroesofHope to join the conversation about Awareness Day on Twitter.
SAMHSA's Awareness Day icon is available for posting on websites and promotional materials.
Children's Mental Health Awareness Day 2013 Executive Planning Committee includes American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, American Academy of Pediatrics, Mental Health America, National Alliance on Mental Illness, National Association for the Education of Young Children, National Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health and ZERO TO THREE.
Features for Children's Mental Health Awareness
"Today, tens of millions of Americans are living with the burden of a mental health problem. They shoulder conditions like depression and anxiety, post-traumatic stress and bipolar disorder -- debilitating illnesses that can strain every part of a person's life. And even though help is out there, less than half of children and adults with diagnosable mental health problems receive treatment. During National Mental Health Awareness Month, we shine a light on these issues, stand with men and women in need, and redouble our efforts to address mental health problems in America."
(Presidential Proclamation of National Mental Health Awareness Month 2013).