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National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day

Children’s Mental Health: Meeting Their Needs to Achieve Success in Schools and Communities

May 8th, 2008

National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day is a day to raise awareness about effective programs designed to address the needs of children and adolescents with mental health treatment needs.  It provides an opportunity to spotlight how children’s mental health initiatives promote positive youth development, recovery, and increased resiliency.  It highlights the fact that when children with mental disorders and mental health treatment needs receive effective services and supports, they can thrive in our nation’s schools and communities.

This year, the focus is on effective school-based mental health programs that have been delivered through federal grant programs including the Safe Schools/Healthy Students Program and the Comprehensive Community Mental Health Services Program for Children and their Families The Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) plays a key role in administering both of these vitally important federal grant programs. SAMHSA provides national leadership in improving mental health and substance abuse services in our nation.

NAMI, as a Founding Partner of the National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day, helped organize a Congressional briefing with the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law, Mental Health America, and the National Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health.

In addition, co-sponsors for this year's briefing include:
American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP)
American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)
American Counseling Association (ACA)
American School Counselor Association (ASCA)
Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD)
National Association of State Directors of Special Education, Inc. (NASDSE)
National Association for Children's Behavioral Health (NACBH)
National Association for Children of Alcholics (NACoA)
National Association of School Psychologists (NASP)
National Countil for Community Behavioral Healthcare (National Council)
School Social Work Association of America (SSWAA)
The Annie E. Casey Foundation

Supporters include:
American Association of Children's Residential Centers (AACRC)
American Mental Health Counselors Association
American Psychiatric Association
American Psychological Association
American School Health Association (ASHA)
Boys and Girls Clubs of America
Boys Town National Research Institute for Children and Family Studies
Center for Health and Health Care in Schools
Child and Adolescent Bipolar Foundation
Child Welfare League of America (CWLA)
Children's Defense Fund (CDF)
Docs for Tots
Leadership Conference on Civil Rights Education Fund (LCCREF)
National Assembly of School-Based Health Care (NASBHC)
National Association of Secondary School Principals
National Council of Urban Indian Health (NCUIH)
National Indian Education Association
National School Board Association (NSBA)
National Indian Education Association (NIEA)
National Indian Health Board (NIHB)
Pressley Ridge
Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC)
The Residential Care COnsortium (RCC)

To learn more about National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day visit SAMHSA's Systems of Care website. To learn more about NAMI's advocacy work on children visit