Celebrating Childrens Mental Health Awareness Throughout the Month of May
May is Mental Health Awareness month and May 3-9 is Children's Mental Health Awareness week. May 7 is Children's Mental Health Awareness Day.
We look forward to celebrating mental health awareness together throughout the month of May so that we can, in the words of the National Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health, "join in a national dialogue about the importance of children's mental health in an effort to raise awareness and end prejudice and discrimination."
The theme for Children's Mental Health Awareness Week, chosen by the families and family-run organizations that make up the National Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health, is Bringing Children's Mental Health into Focus. Visit the Federation's website to learn more and to access event planning tools and resources. Families - check out these great awareness activities from the Federation you can do with your children at home.
Families as Allies is the Federation of Families chapter in Mississippi. Please partner with us throughout May to bring children's mental health into focus through these activities:
1. Join our weekly #apartbutnotalone Friday webinar series @ 1 p.m. and invite others to do so, too.
How to Tell If Your Child Needs Mental Health Support and Where to Go if They Do
Family-Driven Practice: What It Means and Why It Matters
A Family-Driven System of Care in Mississippi
ADA, OLMSTEAD and EPSDT: What Do These Letters Mean to Me?
Supporting the Social/Emotional Health of Young Children
2. Volunteer to do a guest blog or Zoom interview for us.
3. Join us on any Wednesday in May from 3:30-5 PM for our family-driven practice training for providers. This training is interactive and helps us learn just as much from our provider partners as we hope they learn from us. Although this training is focused on the needs of providers, please note that all of our training is open to families. You can register at these links for training on May 6, May 13, May 20 and May 27.
4. Respond to our surveys about childrens mental health throughout May. We will publish the results in June.
5. Follow our Facebook page, check out our website and make sure you read our weekly newsletter throughout May (and all the other months too) to stay updated on our latest activities and training as well as how our partners are celebrating mental health awareness. Let us know if you have activities to include.