ACCESS Initiative Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week will be celebrated throughout Champaign County May 5-11, 2013.
The ACCESS Initiative is celebrating the positive impact that we can have on the lives of young people when we are able to integrate positive mental health and messages of resilience into every environment. Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week (CMHAW) will be celebrated throughout Champaign County May 5-11, 2013. We will join more than 1,000 communities across the country in celebrating the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day on Thursday, May 9, 2013 to raise awareness about the importance of positive mental health for youth.
The theme for CMHAW 2013 is “Shining Lights: Exposing Trauma.” This week will be dedicated to increasing public awareness about how exposure to traumatic events early in life can have many negative effects throughout childhood and adolescence, and into adulthood.
Join your community in raising awareness about positive youth development, recovery, and resiliency in the following ways:
1. Attend 2013 CMHAW events (more info coming soon!) culminating in the CMHAW Block Party Saturday, May 11, 2013. The event will be held at Douglas Park from 12-2 PM. This is an opportunity to find resources available that promote resilience and address trauma.
2. Participate in one of the 2013 CMHAW social media contests
3. Wear the official 2013 Green Awareness Bracelet throughout the week
4. Wear green and help make the community “Glow Green” on Wednesday, May 8, 2013