Children's Mental Health Awareness Day

Brief History of the National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day

Awareness Day is scheduled to build on long-standing “May is Mental Health Month” and “Children’s Mental Health Week” traditions of mental health and family organizations. May is Mental Health Month was first celebrated by Mental Health America (formerly the National Mental Health Association) 50 years ago as a way to further elevate awareness of children’s mental health. National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week was established by the Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health. By holding Awareness Day during this week, children’s mental health initiatives and programs have the opportunity to partner with the numerous family and mental health organizations that are holding events during this time.

National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day creates an opportunity to highlight the amazing success stories of children with mental health needs and their families and to demonstrate the positive difference comprehensive community-based programs can make.

National Children’s mental health Awareness Day is an annual event celebrated during the first full week in May, which is also Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week. A SAMHSA Initiative, Awareness Day was established as a day on which all SAMHSA-funded children’s programs and their colleagues across the country can demonstrate their support for children’s mental health. May is also mental health month.

The Substance Abuse and mental health Services Administration, a public health agency within the U.S. Department of health and human Services, is the lead Federal agency for improving the quality and availability of substance abuse prevention, addiction treatment, and mental health services in the United States.

“National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day” is an opportunity to promote positive youth development and the transformation of mental health services delivery for youth and their families.

Brief History of Travis County May Events

May 2003

In recognition of May as Mental Health Month, The Children's Partnership sponsored at ATCMHMR and TCHHS&VS the sale of green ribbons designed to enhance awareness of issues surrounding mental health. 125 ribbons were sold and proceeds will be used to support activities of our newly formed youth group.

The Children's Partnership project director and lead parent individually and jointly conducted presentations on Wraparound, Systems of Care and The Children's Partnership, with very positive response from a variety of community audiences.

In support of May as Mental Health month, The Children's Partnership as a member of the Travis County Mental Health Network and Community Action Network-Mental Health Planning Partnership addressed "Mental Health in Challenging Times" by cosponsoring a seminar entitled "Open Hearth-Scary times" which was to serve as a calming and therapeutic influence in our communities. 108 representatives from various community organizations participated.

May 2004

A "May is Mental Health Month" proclamation was read at the Travis County Commissioners Court on Tuesday May 4th and received by family members and System of Care stakeholders.

Representatives of the Children's Partnership participated in the press conference hosted by Austin Child Guidance Center regarding the Community Partners for Children's efforts as a single point of collaboration for the Travis County community.

Care coordinators formed a team to represent the Children's Partnership at the "NAMI WALKS for the Mind of America!" An event held all over America on Saturday, May 15th, and in Austin at Auditorium Shores.

May 2005

May 4, 2005 marked the first-ever Children's Mental Health Summit Day across the U.S, with activities taking place nationwide through organizations including the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the Center for Mental Health Services and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. …Read more

May 2006

National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day will be a day on which The Children's Partnership, The CYMHPP, the CAN, and the initiatives and programs that partner with these, promote resilience, recovery, and the transformation of mental health services delivery for children and youth with serious mental health needs and their families. …Read more

May 2007

Theme: Thriving in the Community Event at Austin City Hall with Mayor Wynn, MMHTF-Susan Stone, King Davis, Kathy Cronkite, youth speakers-Blayr, Bethany, and Southern performance, art display inside City Hall. Other activities: Green Ribbon Campaign; Public Awareness Campaign via local media; State of Texas, Travis County and City of Austin proclamations; Educational awareness via bookmark campaign, funded via Seton. Bookmarks distributed to all AISD schools via Diana Groves.

May 2008

Conference for Decision Makers and Policy Makers - Our Community's event for 2008 "HOPE FOR THE FUTURE: AN ACTION AGENDA FOR CHILD & YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH" Brought together a group of Austin leaders to identify the mental health challenges facing our children, youth and families and move towards an action plan for community response. …Read more

May 2009

The following Children's Mental Health Awareness Raising events were held in 2009. The events goals were to reduce the stigma around mental health in Travis County and to draw attention to children and youth thriving in the community. …Read more

May 2010

Communities across the country observed May 2–8 as Children's Mental Health Awareness Week, raising public awareness for effective programs addressing children's mental health needs …Read more

May 2011

CYMHPP built upon the national theme which focused on building resilience in young children dealing with trauma. Locally, CYMHPP sponsored proclamations at the Texas State Capitol 5/2/11, Austin City Hall 4/28/11, and Travis County Commissioners Court 4/26/11. CYMHPP also promoted Facts about Child Trauma and distributed Fact Cards to their partner agencies’ staff. …Read more

May 2012

CYMHPP, in collaboration with The Children’s Partnership, sponsored and collaborated on several community events during the month of May.

City of Austin Proclamation 4/26/12, Travis County Resolution 5/1/12, & Webinar on Mental Health First Aid participation. We also distributed green ribbons and trauma fact cards to increase awareness. On Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day 5/9/12: we held a youth presentation, Heroes of Hope, where 2 youth shared their heroes, and one youth shared his video entry-What Mental Health Means to Me; we sponsored a free training for providers focusing on Trauma Informed Care: Understanding Developmental Trauma. We had 71 attend our trauma informed care training event which included our Heroes of Hope presentations by youth. We collaborated with DSHS who sponsored a statewide poster, writing, and video contest to promote awareness of children’s mental health; we had a display at the Texas State Capitol to promote awareness and decrease stigma.

May 2013

CYMHPP, in collaboration with The Children’s Partnership, sponsored and collaborated on several community events during the month of May. Travis County Commissioner’s Court Resolution, 5/7/13, City of Austin Proclamation 5/9/13, and we distributed green ribbons and an updated Mental Health Fact Card, to our partner agencies. The card was updated by our Texas System of Care partners (ASSET). We also had our youth create a poster of handprints and shared it with our policymakers at our events. We collaborated to promote the DSHS Texas Children’s Mental Health Awareness creativity contest. We collaborated and promoted the ASSET team idea: Shine a light on Children’s Mental Health.