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Children's Mental Health Awareness Month

Image National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day

Children's Mental Health Awareness Month is in MAY!

WHAT: Local events to spread the message to families, schools, health care providers and many others about the important of mental wellness for children.

WHO: Any group (family or youth, faith community, providers of children's services) that has an interest in children's mental health.

WHEN: During the month of May 2017

WHERE: Throughout Virginia

To participate, you can browse the Tool Kit Resources (found below) to get ideas and to locate tools for planning a successful event in your community. Please tell us about any events you plan by using the event pledge form. Fill out the quick survey at the link, and we can promote your event throughout Virginia. Check back soon for a calendar of all of the events to be held statewide.

To register your event with National Federation of Families, follow this link.

 DBHDS Children's Mental Health Awareness 2017 Events

Dear Child Mental Health Supporter:

In honor of National Children’s Mental Health and Early Intervention Awareness week, the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS) is sponsoring two special events: one during the work day at our Central Office on Capitol Square, and one off-site in the early evening. We invite you to attend either or both of these events.

Tuesday, May 9, 2:30-4:30 pm

Join us for an afternoon cookie break at our Capitol Square location downtown.  With speakers and exhibitors promoting and displaying information on children’s mental health and early intervention, this event will be held in DBHDS’ first floor lobby, 1220 Bank Street, Richmond, VA 23219. A timeline of the event follows:

2:30 pm            Start time of event; visit exhibitor tables; meet and greet

2:45 pm            Welcoming remarks

3:00 pm            Continue to visit exhibitor tables; meet and greet

4:30 pm            Event concludes

 

Thursday, May 11, 5:00-7:00 pm

This year’s theme, “Partnerships for Help and Hope” explores the challenges and triumphs of transition age youth (ages 16-25) and their families who have been impacted by mental health and substance use disorders. The event will feature a panel discussion with young adults, parents, and providers. A welcome reception and light dinner will be held in the gymnasium of St. Joseph’s Villa, 8000 Brook Road, Richmond, VA 23227, prior to the panel. The welcome reception will feature speakers and exhibitors promoting and displaying information on children’s mental health. A timeline of the event follows:

5:00 pm            Start time of event; visit exhibitor tables; buffet dinner; meet and greet

5:15 pm            Welcoming remarks

5:45 pm            Panel

6:45 pm            Event concludes

We hope you will join us at one or both of these events in recognition of the importance of children’s mental health and early intervention!

Sincerely,

Jack Barber, M.D.

Interim Commissioner

 

 

Tool Kit Resources

Welcome

Information on Holding and Event

Finding and Involving Local Partners to Boost Success

Suggested Activities

Proclamation

Promotion and Working with the Media

Checklist and Timeline for Planning Your Event

Factsheet about Children’s Mental Health

National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare Factsheet