May is Children's Mental Health Awareness Month
National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day — on Thursday, May 8th — seeks to raise awareness about the importance of children's mental health and reinforce the message that positive mental health is essential to a child's healthy development from birth.
Speak Up for Kids is a high-impact public education campaign held each May to battle the stigma and misinformation that can prevent kids and families from seeking the mental health care they may need.
- The CYFO will also participate in the 2014 Speak Up for Kids Campaign which is hitting the road, bringing the message of help and hope to cities nationwide. The campaign will be hosting a series of panel discussions in which innovators and influencers will come together to drive dialogue about important topics in children's mental health. The Childmind Institute will stream each event alongside helpful resources for parents. CYFO will also invite child-focused psychologists to contribute their expertise with short topical video clips for children and caregivers.
- In addition, the campaign is launching a social media piece: Speak Up Selfies. Finish the sentence "I Speak Up because…" on the #ISpeakUp template with why you think children's mental health is important. Snap a photo of you with your sign and share it with us. You should also share it over social media in May with the hashtag #ISpeakUp.