Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week 2012
The National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health has declared May 6–12, 2012 National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week with Youth Overcoming Trauma as the theme for this year’s Poster Contest.
Awareness Week is dedicated to sharing stories of resiliency with the public and increasing support for the triumphs and challenges of these young people. The more family and youth involvement in the movement, the better!
As a community partner in Maine’s System of Care, THRIVE joins the Federation’s statewide chapter, G.E.A.R. Parent Network, and all families who can relate, in promoting positive mental health, well-being and social development for all young people.
- Mental health is essential to overall health and well being.
- Serious emotional and mental health challenges in children and youth are real and treatable.
- Children and youth with mental health challenges and their families deserve access to services and supports that are family driven, youth guided and culturally appropriate.
- Values of acceptance, dignity and social inclusion should be promoted throughout all communities for children, youth and families.
- Family and youth voice is a valued asset in determining appropriate services and interventions.