National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week
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National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week

National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week

May 3 – 9, 2015 is National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week. 

May 7, 2015 is National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day.

School is a struggle for many children with mental health needs.  It is also a great place to nurture good mental health; learning important skills in a positive, understanding environment contributes significantly to good mental health. This Green Ribbon has become the symbol for Children’s Mental Health Awareness.

Resources for Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week:

  • Positive, proactive approaches to developing good mental health:  Good mental health doesn't’t just happen.  It is nurtured by positive experiences at home, in the community, and at school.  These are resources for educators who want schools to build not only strong academic skills but also good mental health.
  • Stigma Reduction:  Having a mental illness is no disgrace, but it is hard to talk about.  These websites will help you understand how people with mental health problems feel about their experiences and will give you ideas about things you can do yourself to reduce this stigma.
    • YouTube - Chiara de Blasio, the daughter of New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, talks about her experiences with mental illness and substance abuse. Ms. De Blasio is the Honorary Chairwoman of this year’s Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week.
    • OK2Talk - Ok2Talk encourages teens and young adults struggling with mental health problems to share their personal stories via creative content.  Here’s one of their PSAs.
    • NAMI (National Alliance for the Mentally Ill) - It can be very hard for school staff to talk with children’s parents about mental health issues. Here are resources to help that conversation.
    • Vermont Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health - Tips to help reduce the stigma
    • Bring Change 2 Mind - Tips to help reduce the stigma
  • Resources for working with students who have mental health concerns:  If you want to learn more about mental health in children, start here.
    • School Mental Health - Fact sheets on mental health
    • MACMH (Minnesota Association for Children’s Mental Health) - Offers an online course for educators who need to renew their license
    • MACMH - List of Minnesota groups that help children and families concerned about mental health and other disabilities
    • UCLA Center - The School-Based Mental Health Project has a catalog of internet sites related to school mental health.  Warning:  it’s 115 pages long!
  • Mental Health Links to Other Topics:  This week, we also recognize the importance of school nutrition, school nurses, physical activity and teachers.  Those are all importance in themselves, and they are also connected to Children’s Mental Health.  In addition to all the information about teaching and mental health above, you can explore some of the other connections here: