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Today Is National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day

National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day, May 9, 2013

What does it take for children to be mentally healthy? Being mentally healthy is not just about being free from serious emotional and behavioral difficulties. It's also about being mentally strong and resilient and having the skills and supports to deal with stressful issues when they arise. Today is National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day, established and promoted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The Awareness Day national event 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.

We know that

  • Young adults thrive when offered practical resources to help them reach their goals, develop respectful relationships with adults, and create opportunities for self-determination and meaningful employment. Learn more.
  • A 2009 study found that nearly 50 percent of people ages 18 to 25 with a serious mental health challenge were employed, compared to 66 percent of young adults of the same age without serious mental health challenges. Learn more.
  • In 2009, only 53 percent of young adults ages 18 to 25 with serious mental health challenges enrolled in postsecondary education, compared to 67 percent of young adults of the same age without serious mental health challenges. Learn more.
  • Since 2011, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has extended coverage and increased access to mental health and substance abuse services to more than 3 million previously uninsured young adults ages 19 to 25. Learn more.
  • A 2011 national SAMHSA survey found that 35.2 percent of young adults ages 18 to 25 had used illicit drugs in the past 12 months. Learn more.

Young adults with behavioral health challenges can be resilient with the help of family, friends, providers, and other Heroes of Hope. You can




  • View videos from a virtual event held earlier this week featuring stories from young adults with mental health and substance use challenges who have developed connections in their community to overcome challenges and develop resilience at home, school, work, and in accessing health care services.
  • Find resources for young adults, families and friends of young adults, and professionals and providers working with young adults.
  • Download the 2013 report (PDF) entitled Promoting Recovery and Independence for Older Adolescents and Young Adults Who Experience Serious Mental Health Challenges.

Comments (1)

Dr. Holt

May 15, 2013

As a [url=“http://www.allisonholtmd.com/services.htm
“]Minneapolis child psychiatrist[/url] my passion is to see children and adolescents thrive. This is an important month, and I hope that many people can learn about mental health, encourage healthy mental development in children, and work towards a better understanding of mental disorders and how they affect our culture and our communities.

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