National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day, which will be celebrated on Thursday, May 9, in 2013, is a key strategy of the Caring for Every Child's Mental Health Campaign, a public awareness effort by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Awareness Day is a way to bring attention throughout the country to the importance of positive mental health to a child's social and emotional development from birth. Awareness Day has grown in scope, visibility, and support since its beginning in 2005. This year-round initiative now connects cross-disciplinary organizations in their efforts to promote awareness of children's mental health issues not just on a single day, but year-round.
Whether you participate as a national collaborating organization, a SAMHSA-funded community, or a local affiliate of a national organization, Awareness Day: