Did you know that 1 in 5 teens and young adults lives with a mental health condition? Did you know that 64.1 percent of youth with major depression do not receive any mental health treatment?
Throughout the state of Maryland and nationwide there are efforts to increase awareness and access to behavioral health services and supports for children, youth, and young adults. Children’s Mental Health Matters! is Maryland’s annual statewide public awareness campaign that focuses on reducing the stigma of mental illness and increasing awareness of resources available throughout the state. While we recognize this every day, the first full week in May is celebrated as Children’s Mental Health Matters! week.
In 2019 the awareness week is recognized Sunday, May 5 through Saturday, May 11.
The Children’s Mental Health Matters! campaign brings together community agencies and schools raise public awareness of the importance of children’s mental health and substance use.
The campaign also helps reduce the stigma of mental health concerns, lets parents know that they are not alone in caring for children with mental health needs, and connects families throughout the state of Maryland with information and services to help their child. This statewide campaign is coordinated by the Mental Health Association of Maryland and the Maryland Coalition of Families.
Are you wondering how you can get involved and support the cause?
Join the campaign as a school champion or a community champion! By signing up as a champion your agency is agreeing to participate in raising awareness during the week. Activities can include making morning announcements about mental health facts, sharing campaign materials with families, putting up a bulletin board to promote mental health and wellness, or “going green” by having staff wear green (the color recognized for children’s mental health awareness). During 2019’s campaign agencies can request additional materials in Spanish including parent information sheets, brochures, and a campaign poster.
Join the campaign as a school or community champion. It’s as easy as 1-2-3!
Register to be a champion at www.childrensmentalhealthmatters.org beginning in mid-January, 2019.
Plan an awareness week event for your school or agency which can include morning school announcements about mental health, sharing campaign materials, making a bulletin board addressing stigma, or wearing green to celebrate children’s mental health. Hold your awareness week event anytime from May 5-May 11.
Mark your calendars: Registration for the 2019 campaign begins mid-January at www.childrensmentalhealthmatters.org.