On Monday, May 6, 2019, at 3 p.m. EDT, SAMHSA will host an event at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Hubert H. Humphrey Building in Washington, DC. This event will serve as a launch for activities being held across the country on National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day, which will be observed nationwide on Thursday, May 9. States, tribes, territories, and communities across the nation are encouraged to host events and activities around children’s mental health throughout the month of May.
This year’s Awareness Day theme is “Suicide Prevention: Strategies That Work,” and SAMHSA will focus on the impact that suicide has on children, youth, young adults, families, and communities. During the event in Washington, DC, SAMHSA will showcase evidence-based strategies to connect those in need to information, services, and supports that can save lives.
SAMHSA’s event will include suicide prevention experts and leaders of national mental health organizations, along with families and youth who will share stories about how evidence-based practices saved children’s lives and put them on a path to recovery. The format will be similar to TED Talks to provide an opportunity to educate state agency personnel; primary and mental health care providers; child-serving professionals; and families, youth, and young adults across the country about the latest evidence-based practices and resources for suicide prevention.
This will be SAMHSA’s 14th annual observance of Awareness Day. The overall goals of this year’s Awareness Day observance are to:
Showcase evidence-based best practices in the field of children’s mental health;
Encourage child-serving providers to collaborate with family and youth leaders to meet the needs of children, youth, and young adults with severe emotional disturbance and their families; and
Educate the public about the importance of seeking mental health services when needed. More information about this year’s event in Washington, DC, including how you can register to attend in person or watch the live webcast, will be available soon!
More information about this year’s event in Washington, DC, including how you can register to attend in person or watch the live webcast, will be available soon!