Raise your voice to help “Speak Up for Kids”
APA is again participating in the Child Mind Institute’s nationwide ”Speak Up for Kids” campaign for Mental Health Month in May. The institute’s annual public education campaign helps battle the stigma and misinformation that can prevent kids and families from seeking mental health care.
The campaign consists of a series of panel discussions where innovators and influencers come together to discuss important topics in children's mental health. The Child Mind Institute streams each of these events online alongside resources for parents. APA’s Children, Youth and Families Office has also invited child-focused psychologists to contribute their expertise with short, topical video clips for children and caregivers.
New this year is the #ISpeakUp initiative where individuals can share why they think children's mental health is important through their own social media accounts. APA CEO Norman B. Anderson, PhD, and other leaders have already done so, noting that “every kid deserves to thrive.” APA members and others can participate by printing the APA-branded #ISpeakUp sign (PDF, 163KB), filling in the blank after “I Speak Up because …” and then posing for a “selfie.” Using the hashtag #ISpeakUp when posting the photo to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram will help ensure psychology’s voice is heard in the conversation on children’s mental health.
APA will participate in Mind the Gap: Integrating Physical & Mental Health Care, one of five “Speak Up for Kids” marquee events, May 21 in Chicago. The event will feature panelists discussing innovative approaches to improving the quality of care provided to youth and families in the United States. Among the panelists is Cathy Mavrolas, PhD, an APA member and chief psychologist and director of training in psychology at LaRabida Children’s Hospital. The panel will also discuss the benefits of addressing mental and physical health conditions in a coordinated, collaborative manner, as well as what is being done to advance integrated care.