Now, in its 11th year, the Children’s Mental Health Matters! Campaign brings together nonprofits, schools, agencies, and other partners with the goal of raising public awareness of the importance of children’s mental health and substance use.
The campaign helps to reduce the stigma, lets parents know that they are not alone in caring for children with mental health needs, and connects families throughout Maryland with information and services to help their child and family. This statewide Campaign is co-sponsored by the Mental Health Association of Maryland and the Maryland Coalition of Families.
This year, agencies and schools throughout Carroll County have registered as Champions to promote the 2019 Children’s Mental Health Matters! Campaign. Carroll County Public Schools has 93% of their schools registered as School Champions in addition to all four Judy Center Early Learning Hubs.
Numerous Carroll County agencies have registered as Community Champions including: Advanced Behavioral Health, Carroll County Health Department, Carroll County Family Support Center, Carroll County Public Library (and all branches individually), Carroll County Public Schools, Carroll County Youth Service Bureau, Child Care Choices, Department of Citizen Services, Head Start of Carroll County, The Institute for Innovation & Implementation, University of MD School of Social Work, Judy Center Early Learning Hub, Maryland Family Network, Mental Health Association of Frederick County, NAMI Carroll County, The Partnership for a Healthier Carroll County, Potomac Case Management Service, Inc., Together We Own It, and Westminster Police Department.
If your school or community agency is interested in registering please join us! Registration and more information can be found at www.childrensmentalhealthmatters.org.
E-SMART (Early Screening, decision Making, Assessment, Referral, and Treatment), Carroll County’s Early Childhood System of Care, has partnered with Carroll County Public Library Branch to hold Community Readings at each branch. Throughout the week prominent Carroll countians will be reading books focused on children’s social-emotional wellness. More information about specific readings (dates, time, and location) can be found at: www.esmartcarroll.net/mentalhealthmatters.
We invite everyone to the Carroll County Commissioners’ open session on Thursday, May 2 at 225 North Center Street, third floor, for the presentation of the proclamation of Children’s Mental Health Matters! Week.