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Resources from Collaborating Organizations

Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility Waiver Demonstration: Storytelling Project

Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development’s National Technical Assistance Center for Children’s Mental Health has created a documentary video that looks at the impact home and community-based services are having on families and children. Click here to learn more and view the video Exit Disclaimer.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Parent Handbook

MADD has developed a research-based handbook to help parents learn the best way to talk to their teen about underage drinking. Click here to request the handbook Exit Disclaimer.

"The 411 on Teen Drinking" Booklet

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and State Farm have created a booklet to empower teens to resist peer pressure and prevent other teens from underage drinking. Click here to sign up to receive the research-based booklet Exit Disclaimer.

Making Healthy Choices: A Guide on Psychotropic Medications for Youth in Foster Care

The Children's Bureau's "Making Healthy Choices: A Guide on Psychotropic Medications for Youth in Foster Care" Exit Disclaimer was developed for youth in foster care to use as a discussion tool with professionals working with them to help make healthy, informed choices about psychotropic medication.

LGBTQI2-S National Workgroup for Children, Youth and Families

The Child, Adolescent and Family Branch of the Center for Mental Health Services at SAMHSA has developed partnerships with national and community organizations from across the country to form the LGBTQI2-S National Workgroup Exit Disclaimer. This workgroup provides services and supports for SAMHSA's System of Care-funded communities. In addition, the Technical Assistance Partnership for Child and Family Mental Health's Cultural and Linguistic Competence Community of Practice Exit Disclaimer has an LGBTQI2-S Learning Community.

Interested in joining this learning community? Email your name, organization, and email address to Jeff Poirier at jpoirier@air.org to join.

ZERO TO THREE and Care.com Widget

Understanding why children act out and knowing how to respond effectively can be challenging. Use the ZERO TO THREE and Care.com tool for tips on handling common child behavior challenges, such as biting, crying and hitting. Click here to access the tool Exit Disclaimer.

Child Mind Institute's "Speak Up for Kids"

The Child Mind Institute provides tools and resources for community members to help spread the message during National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day and Week: Children's mental health matters. As part of this public education campaign, Speak Up for Kids Exit Disclaimer helps mental health professionals organize free talks in their communities to share helpful information about childhood mental health disorders and issues of concern to all parents, including a topic specifically for parents and educators to help children cope after a traumatic event. Click here to access resources for communities Exit Disclaimer and click here to access resources for mental health professionals Exit Disclaimer.

StopBullying.gov Resources

To place your order for the Health Resources and Services Administration's (HRSA) free, research-based bullying prevention resources, please call 888.ASK.HRSA. Certain resources can also be ordered online. Visit ask.hrsa.gov, click on the "Search Publications" link, enter "bullying" into the search box and click "submit." You may also email Erin Reiney, MPH, CHES, at EReiney@hrsa.gov.

Mental Health America Toolkits

Mental Health America creates toolkits annually around two public education campaigns—May is Mental Health Month, which is geared toward the general public; and Back to Campus, which is aimed at college students—to raise awareness at the national, State, and local levels that mental health conditions are common, real, and treatable, and to ensure that those most at-risk receive proper, timely, and effective treatment. Click here to download the "Do More for 1 in 4" and "Healing Trauma's Invisible Wounds" toolkits Exit Disclaimer.

National Institute of Mental Health "The Developing Brain: What It Means for Treating Adolescents" Panel

On May 10, 2012, NIMH is sponsoring a videocast panel of children's mental health researchers to discuss neuroscience research findings related to the developing teen brain. Click here to learn more about the panel and how to view the videocast.

National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare's (NCSACW) "Bringing Families Together: Models of Hope and Recovery" Video

NCSACW has created a video featuring the 10-Element Framework: Elements of System Linkages to show how communities are overcoming barriers and strengthening connections in order to create and maintain effective partnerships among child welfare, mental health services, substance abuse treatment, and family courts. Click here to view the video.

National Child Traumatic Stress Network's Guide for Policymakers

The Vanner Street Group prepared a guide for the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, titled "Child Traumatic Stress: What Every Policymaker Should Know." The guide was created to educate policymakers about the scope and impact of childhood trauma, offer effective solutions that can be implemented with the support of informed public policy, and provide information about additional resources. Click here to download the report. (PDF - 1.7 mb) Exit Disclaimer

American Academy of Pediatrics

The American Academy of Pediatrics, an Awareness Day Executive Planning Committee member and sponsor, has created a feature article about disasters and children's mental health. Click here to access the article. Exit Disclaimer (PDF - 764 kb) Exit Disclaimer

Children of Military Service Members Resource Guide

The Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE) has created a Children of Military Service Members Resource Guide (PDF - 3.6 mb) to serve as a tool for parents, family members, and health care providers addressing the mental and emotional health needs of military children through topic specific, age appropriate literature. Click here to access the resource guide for health professionals Exit Disclaimer and click here to access the resources for families Exit Disclaimer.

Promoting Resilience in Young Children

The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and ZERO TO THREE — both executive planning committee members for Awareness Day — just released a new article about resilience and young children. “I Am Safe and Secure: Promoting Resilience in Young Children” Exit Disclaimer (PDF - 541 kb) provides important information about resilience in young children and how adults can help to promote it.

National Institute of Mental Health’s Awareness Day Panel

As part of Awareness Day 2011, the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) sponsored a videocast panel of children’s mental health researchers and experts to discuss the science of children’s mental health. The event was held on May 3, 2011 at the National Institutes of Health campus in Bethesda, MD. Click here to view the archived webcast. Exit Disclaimer


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