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National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day Photos

May 7th, 2009

NAMI jointly hosted the third annual Capitol Hill briefing in honor of National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day. The briefing, titled Investing in the Educational Future of Youth with Mental Health Needs, focused on raising awareness about school and community-based programs that effectively promote positive youth development, increase resiliency and support recovery, and demonstrate how youth with mental health treatment needs can thrive in their school and communities.

Laurel Stine, Director of Federal Relations, Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law, moderated the briefing.




Goldie Hawn, Academy-Award Winning Actress and Children's Mental Health Advocate, spoke during the briefing about the critical need for schools to better address the needs of students with mental illness and how school-based programs can effectively benefit the health and well-being of all students.

Kathryn Power, Director of the Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS), shared newly released data on positive outcomes achieved with school and community-based grant programs administered through CMHS.



Howard Muscott, Ed.D., Director of the New Hampshire Center for Effective Behavioral Interventions and Supports, discussed positive outcomes that they have achieved in New Hampshire with Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBS) and their work in linking schools with the community mental health system.

Congressman Tim Murphy was one of many Congressional members that attended the briefing and spoke about the need to address the mental health and well-being of youth. 



Representative Grace Napolitano also made an appearance during the event to speak about the critical importance of community and school-based mental health programs for youth.






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