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.
Click the play button below to watch the 2013 virtual event. You can also select chapters from the event to watch.
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.
SAMHSA wishes to thank The Annie E. Casey Foundation, PAR (Psychological Assessment Resources), and ABC7/WJLA-TV for their support of this virtual event.
This webcast is not recommended for anyone under the age of 14 because there will be candid discussions about young people being exposed to many different types of traumatic events. This Webcast is for informational purposes only, and should anyone have health, medical, or disability questions or concerns, please consult with a qualified physician or other health care or behavioral health care professional. If you or someone you know is in crisis and needs to talk, please call 1–800–273–TALK (1–800–273–8255). The young adults selected to participate in this celebration of resilience were provided with support during the recruitment, selection, and production phases of the event. A protocol recommended by clinicians was followed to ensure that specific attention was given to the 'young adults' emotional well-being.
Last Updated: 01/14/2014