The U.S. government’s Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) sponsors an annual Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day. In 2012, May 9 is set aside for activities to promote the theme "Caring for Every Child's Mental Health." Activities will raise awareness of effective programs for children’s mental health needs; demonstrate how children’s mental health initiatives promote positive youth development, recovery, and resilience; and show how children with mental health needs can thrive in their communities.
NAEYC is represented on the Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day Executive Planning Committee. For more information, go to www.samhsa.gov/children.
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