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National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day 2013

On May 9, 2013, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) celebrated National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day (Awareness Day). Awareness Day 2013 messages and activities focused on young adults and the importance of social connectedness in their lives.

SAMHSA's National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day virtual event featured stories from young adults with mental health and substance use challenges who developed connections in their community to overcome challenges and developed resilience at home, school, work, and in accessing health care services. The event was emceed by Emmy award-winning news anchor Leon Harris from ABC 7/WJLA-TV.

Watch and Learn

Demi Lovato, telling her story to America. illustrated stick figure of an adult, a young boy and a young girl with sun rays in the background with the words: National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day: Next Steps. illustration of the National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day logo - stick figures of an adult, a young boy and young girl with sun rays behind them.

National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day Honorary Chairperson, Demi Lovato, speaking at a podium at the press briefing. Watch the recording of the National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day press briefing from May 7, 2013, featuring Honorary Chairperson Demi Lovato


About Awareness Day

SAMHSA's National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day seeks to raise awareness about the importance of children's mental health and that positive mental health is essential to a child's healthy development from birth. Learn more about Awareness Day.

Click here to download the 2013 Short Report: "Promoting Recovery and Independence for Older Adolescents and Young Adults Who Experience Serious Mental Health Challenges." (PDF - 973 KB)

SAMHSA wishes to thank The Annie E. Casey Foundation, PAR (Psychological Assessment Resources), and ABC7/WJLA-TV for their support of this virtual event.


Last Updated: 03/28/2014


If you or someone you know is in crisis and needs to talk, please call 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255).

Return to main page of SAMHSA.gov/Children | For more information, click here to email AwarenessDay2014@vancomm.com