Celebrate Children’s Mental Health Awareness Month by speaking up for kids
Approximately 15 million young people in the United States have a diagnosable mental or emotional health disorder, but studies report that as many as 80 percent will never receive treatment. APA is proud to co-sponsor the nation-wide Speak up For Kids campaign. This year, during the month of May, Speak Up For Kids will focus on barriers to mental health care experienced by children and their families, such as lack of information and stigma that may prevent many from seeking the care they need. Speak Up For Kids seeks to educate parents, caregivers, teachers and communities about the mental and emotional health needs of children.
Speak Up For Kids has invited leaders from a broad range of professional disciplines, including psychology, to contribute to the national conversation with streamed talks, roundtable discussions, videos and written pieces. Engage your community in this critical conversation by hosting a viewing party for one or more of the 15 marquee live webcasts. 2013 President-elect, Nadine Kaslow, PhD, will provide APA’s marquee webcast on suicide prevention and survival.
Invite your clients, community groups, parent groups, students or others to gather to watch one or more of the events that will be webcast from the Speak Up For Kids channel. Tell your friends and followers about your event through Facebook posts and tweets. Learn from the world’s leaders in child and adolescent mental health and engage in the conversation.