SAMHSA and Children’s Mental Health Awareness

Communities across the country, as well as national collaborating organizations and federal partners, are busy planning Awareness Day activities that will take place throughout the month of May. To support their efforts, SAMHSA will host the Awareness Day 2016 national event on May 5 in Washington, DC.

This year’s national theme, “Finding Help, Finding Hope,” explores strategies for improving access to behavioral health services and supports for children, youth, and young adults with mental and substance use disorders and their families.

The national event will be an interactive panel discussion taking place at 7 p.m. EDT at the Jack Morton Auditorium at The George Washington University School of Media & Public Affairs. The event will be available for viewing via live webcast. Expert panelists will share how everyone can make a difference in improving access to behavioral health services and supports for children, youth, and young adults. The panelists will reflect different voices and perspectives within a typical community, including youth and family leaders, educators, law enforcement officials, and behavioral health professionals. Members of the in-person audience, as well as those watching the live webcast, will have the opportunity to ask questions and share insights via social media, email, and other digital platforms.

Communities nationwide also can participate in the national event by:

  • Organizing a viewing event. Gather a group to watch the live webcast and email or tweet questions to the live panel. Use #HeroesofHope to join the online discussion.  RSVP for the live webcast at: . Through text messaging, small groups can receive discussion questions to lead them through a conversation about mental health.

Click here for more information about SAMHSA’s Awareness Day event.

Also, SAMHSA is teaming up with Creating Community Solutions for a National Day to Text, Talk, Act! Text 89800 to join the conversation about improving access to mental health services and supports.

Let your voice be heard!


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