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National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day

Save the Date: May 7th, 2009

National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day on May 7th, 2009 is a day to promote positive youth development, resilience, recovery, and the transformation of mental health services delivery for children and youth with serious mental health needs and their families. Awareness Day raises awareness of effective programs for children's mental health needs; demonstrates how children's mental health initiatives promote positive youth development, recovery, and resilience; and shows how children with mental health needs thrive in their communities.

The theme for this year's national event is Thriving in the Community, with a special emphasis on how high school youth who receive the services they need are more likely to have positive outcomes, such as better grades, and less likely to have negative outcomes, such as involvement with the juvenile and criminal justice systems.

National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day Resources for States and Communities.

Legislative Briefing

NAMI, in collaboration with Mental Health America, the National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health, and the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law, will be hosting a Legislative Briefing on Capitol Hill the morning of May 7th in honor of National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day. The focus will be on the importance of school-based mental health programs.

Special guests will include:

Goldie Hawn, Academy-Award Winning Actress and Children’s Mental Health Advocate
A. Kathryn Power, Director, Center for Mental Health Services, Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration
Howard Muscott, Director, New Hampshire Center for Effective Behavioral Interventions and Supports