National Children's Mental Health Awareness Week is the first of May and shines a spotlight on the importance of caring for every child's mental health. Never has this been more urgent, as the nation and state see an alarming rise in the incidence of mental health concerns in children.
Where it started
In 2013, Texas System of Care hosted the first statewide Children’s Mental Health Awareness campaign, as we sought to “Shine a Light” on the importance of positive mental health as an essential component of health child development. Over the years, we have hosted festivals, held community walks, supported state proclamations, and joined together as a state community as families and champions.
Moving From "Awareness" to "acceptance"
This year, we hope that we have even greater participation as we shift the discussion from “Awareness” to Acceptance. The National Federation of Families, a family-run organization, noted that the pandemic has everyone talking about mental health and it is time to change the “A” to acceptance!
For Community Organizers
PLAN AN EVENT
Your own Children’s Mental Health event in May can be as simple as holding a story time at the library focused on books about emotions to a community festival or health fair.
HOST THE LINK
Place the official Texas Children’s Mental Health Acceptance link (cmhtexas.org) on your website or social media. This site will feature special guest speakers from across the state, games and activities for children and families, and resources. Launching May 2.
More resources to share the official statewide website coming soon!
For Parents & Children
NOMINATE AN EVERYDAY HERO
Nominate a hero for children and families in your community. We’ll invite nominees to share a brief video highlighting what motivates them to be an advocate, featured on the Children’s Mental Health Acceptance website.
SHARE YOUR SUPERPOWER
Join other children and youth in sharing the things that make you special. Take a picture or video sharing a strength, interest, hobby, or other fact that reflects your personal superpower. Share on social media using #LivingMySuperPower!