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National Children's Mental Health Awareness Week 2016

The National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health announces the theme for the 2016 National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week as “Healthy Families, Resilient Children: Mental Health is a Family Affair!”

As national events continue to illuminate the critical need for mental health care reform in this country, we must increase our efforts to educate the nation about the importance of prevention and early identification of mental health challenges. As a nation, we are vigilant about ensuring that our citizens know basic first aid techniques, understand the importance of smoke detectors, and can recite the techniques of “stop, drop and roll” but we fail to educate ourselves about the signs and symptoms of mental illness.

We must also highlight the fact that children are an integral part of a family unit and create an understanding amongst policy leaders and practitioners that healthy families are better equipped to support resilient children. Legislation, policies, and practices must fully endorse the undisputed importance of full family engagement and participation in the care and treatment of their children. Further, we must advocate for a holistic approach to children’s mental health that includes the provision of supports that strengthen the family as they nurture resiliency.

Please join us as we create a national dialogue about the importance of healthy families and resilient children!  Learn more...

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SAMHSA Awareness Day 2016

Communities across the country, as well as national collaborating organizations and federal partners, are busy planning Awareness Day activities that will take place throughout the month of May. To support their efforts, SAMHSA will host the Awareness Day 2016 national event on May 5 in Washington, DC.

Why We Must Continue to Talk About Stigma

Representative Paul Shepherd introduced a bill to create the "Friends of the Orofino Maniacs" license plate in the House Transportation Committee. The proposed legislation received a print hearing and is now HB413.  Advocates are asked to consider expressing opposition to the passage of House Bill 413 which seeks to amend Idaho Code Section 49-402 by adding a new section authorizing special vehicle license plates for the Idaho Friends of the Orofino Maniacs. That’s right, it will put the word MANIAC into Idaho Code and on a license plate depicting the Orofino maniac mascot, officially sanctioned and issued by the State of Idaho.  Orofino is home to State Hospital North, a state-sponsored and supported institution for the care and treatment of individuals who have a serious mental illness, and a high school using the name ‘Maniacs’ and image of a wild-haired, shouting, out-of-control cartoon character as its mascot. Proceeds from the sale of these special license plates would be applied to furthering academic enrichment in this school district.  Learn more...