|May Is Mental Health Month!|
May Is Mental Health Month!
Using the power of social media and grassroots organizing, we encourage peers and their loved ones to organize local events where we honor all members of our community, recognize that mental health is something that deserves positive support, and continue the fight against stigma towards mental illness.
Parents, educators, and professionals who serve youth can change the devastating outcomes for students with undetected mental health disorders. That’s why the National PTA and the American Psychological Association are partnering to host this conversation with psychologist Mary Alvord, PhD. Together, we can increase the number of students who receive the mental health services they need to succeed in school, to continue to develop socially, and to fully experience the purpose and joys of life.
This year marks the 25th Anniversary of the National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health. The Federation’s theme for 2014 is “Building a Circle of Wellness.” We often repeat the African proverb, “It takes a village to raise a child.” This statement holds true in our work of supporting children with behavioral health challenges. This year, more than ever, we aim to debunk myths, spread awareness, and promote positive mental health and overall health for all of our nation’s children. This will take a combination of national, state, and local efforts to bring about our vision for healthy children and families.
One of the primary goals of this project is to help individuals suffering with anxiety and depressive disorders find treatment. Registrants in National Anxiety and Depression Awareness Week will receive materials that can be used towards organizing an event during this week. Even if you cannot organize an event, the materials are valuable to mental health professionals, colleges, hospitals, employee assistance programs, and all types of health organizations.
Sponsored by the American Mental Health Counselors Association
Join SAMHSA, 1,100 communities, and 136 national collaborating organizations in celebrating National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day: “Inspiring Resilience, Creating Hope.”
An annual opportunity to spread the message that mental illness is not a normal part of aging; that mental illnesses are real, common, and treatable; that the more people know, the more they can help themselves and others; and that healthy adults continue to learn, enjoy life, and contribute to society.