APA sponsors Speak Up for Kids public awareness campaign

As part of National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week, APA members can make a difference in their own community for children who may not be getting the mental health services they need.

Speak up for kidsAn estimated 15 million young people (PDF, 52KB) in the United States have a diagnosable mental or emotional health disorder but studies report that up to 80 percent will never receive treatment. As many psychologists see firsthand, lack of information and stigma prevent many parents from seeking help for children who need mental health care. One way to break down this barrier is to educate parents and teachers about mental and emotional health disorders and other issues related to raising healthy, happy kids.

APA is participating in the nationwide Speak Up for Kids Campaign in partnership with the Child Mind Institute, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and others. The campaign recruits psychologists and other mental health professionals to give presentations in their local communities about various mental, emotional, behavioral and learning disorders in children and teens. Presentations will be scheduled during National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week, May 6-12, 2012.

APA members can use the Speak Up for Kids toolkit to get started.