Mental Health Awareness
Kids Living Well promotes mental health awareness and recognizes “May is Mental Health Month” and “Children’s Mental Health Week," which are traditions of mental health and family organizations. Staff participate in and sponsor a variety of events to promote Children’s Mental Health Awareness. These awareness activities are created to shine a spotlight on the importance of children’s mental health and to reinforce that positive mental health is essential to a child’s healthy development. We are standing up to bring mental health out of the shadows and to increase access to services and supports in our community. The more we know, the more we can do!
May is Mental Health Month was first celebrated by Mental Health America (formerly the National Mental Health Association) 50 years ago as a way to further elevate awareness of children’s mental health. National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week was established by the Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health. By holding Awareness Day during this week, children’s mental health initiatives and programs have the opportunity to partner with the numerous family and mental health organizations that are holding events during this time.
National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day creates an opportunity to highlight the amazing success stories of children with mental health needs and their families and to demonstrate the positive difference comprehensive community-based programs can make.
National Children’s mental health Awareness Day is an annual event celebrated during the first full week in May, which is also Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week. A SAMHSA Initiative, Awareness Day was established as a day on which all SAMHSA-funded children’s programs and their colleagues across the country can demonstrate their support for children’s mental health. May is also mental health month.
The Substance Abuse and mental health Services Administration, a public health agency within the U.S. Department of health and human Services, is the lead Federal agency for improving the quality and availability of substance abuse prevention, addiction treatment, and mental health services in the United States.
“National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day” is an opportunity to promote positive youth development and the transformation of mental health services delivery for youth and their families.