National Children's Mental Health Awareness Week

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National Children's Mental Health Awareness Week 2014

This year marks the 25th Anniversary of the National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health. We will start our celebration May 4-10, 2014 by making this year’s National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week the best in National Federation history. The anniversary celebration will culminate at our annual conference on November 21-23, 2014.

This Year's Theme

As in past years, we have compiled a listing of information and resources for your use during your local observance of the National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week. The Federation’s theme for 2014 is Building a Circle of Wellness. We often repeat the African proverb “it takes a village to raise a child.” This statement holds true in our work of supporting children with behavioral health challenges. This year, more than ever, we aim to debunk myths, spread awareness and promote positive mental health and overall health for all of our nation’s children. This will take a combination of national, state and local efforts to bring about our vision for healthy children and families.

Send Us Your Activities!

Please share the activities that your organization is planning for National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week with us. We would also like to see any photos of your event. Please send any flyers, pictures and a description of your event to Corey Brown at cbrown@ffcmh.org. We would like to share in your success!

Stay Connected

We are planning some exciting activities and new initiatives and will be sending ongoing updates as our schedule unfolds. Be sure to visit www.ffcmh.org/awarenessweek often for updates as well.

Green Ribbon Campaign

We are also continuing The Green Ribbon Campaign as a part of our social marketing and awareness efforts. We want to thank all of the chapters that have already purchased ribbons and lapel pins – you will receive 25 free ribbons in the mail in the coming weeks, but please order many more! This is an uplifting campaign that allows us to celebrate children and provide hope and unity throughout the children’s mental health arena and the family movement. It also spreads awareness about our cause. Your support means a great deal!

Awareness Week Starter Kits

The following items are great items to get you started in your activities.

Later in April, you will receive:

  • The 2014 Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week Poster (electronically)
  • An Exciting New Promotional Item
  • Newly Developed Tip Sheets; remember to also visit the website for additional tip sheets and resources, and be sure to tailor them to the audience you are trying to reach   
  • 25 Green Ribbons

As we celebrate 25 years of being the national family voice for children’s mental health and move toward the national observance of Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week, the National Federation reaches out to you, in our shared vision for our nation’s children, youth and families. It is through our combined efforts that growth, renewal and the promotion of positive mental health will impact the well-being of our children. Our voices carry volumes in bringing about change. Speak out and be heard. Let our message ring in the ears of others: Children’s Mental Health Matters!