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Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day:

 

Celebrating Resilience

 

By Breckan Erdman, Program Specialist for NRCDV, 05/01/2018

Experiences of trauma can significantly impact the mental health of survivors and their children, so this May, we’re uplifting the importance of addressing trauma and other mental health concerns for Mental Health Month. Thursday, May 10th marks National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day, which draws attention to the importance of addressing children’s mental health as an essential part of healthy development from birth. This year’s theme, Partnering for Health and Hope Following Trauma, highlights the need for integrated health approaches to supporting children, youth, and young adults who have experienced trauma. While we know that trauma is a common human experience, we also know that human beings have a remarkable capacity for resilience. Recognizing and celebrating the positive changes that can occur after trauma can help promote children’s resilience as they grow up.

Interested in promoting National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day as a part of your Mental Health Month activities this May?

SAMHSA’s Awareness Day Resources page has helpful social media tips, media outreach tools, activity ideas, and more. To learn more about child trauma-informed care, be sure to check out their list of Child Traumatic Stress resources as well. For more information about trauma and resilience in the context of child development, as well as great tools to help build capacity for children’s resilience, see our Fostering Resilience, Respect & Healthy Growth in Childhood and Beyond special collection. You can also connect with the Adult Children Exposed to Domestic Violence (ACE-DV) Leadership Forum to learn more about resilience and the power of sharing your story of childhood trauma.

And don’t forget about the rest of the month! Visit the National Alliance on Mental Health’s Mental Health Month page for more resources on promoting mental health and combatting stigma throughout the month of May, and be sure to read our TA Question of the Month on how advocates can protect their own mental health and mitigate negative impacts of vicarious trauma.