The entire month of May is dedicated to National Mental Health Awareness, but May 3-9 is the National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health’s yearly event, which is dedicated to raising awareness about the mental health needs of today’s youth. It’s a time to advocate for effective services and support systems for children affected by mental illness.
The theme for this year’s Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week is “Mental Health is Fundamental.” It’s important for us to not shame or silence the issue of mental health but instead create a safe environment where those in need can access the proper services without fear of embarrassment or ostracism. Mental health is essential to overall health and should be treated with the same urgency and respect as we treat physical health challenges. The National Federation will focus on the importance of including mental health in all public health conversations because achieving holistic health includes the body and the mind.
How you can help:
The Florida Network has 31 member agencies dedicated to helping Florida’s youth and creating safe pathways by building strong families and communities. Seventy percent of youth in state and local juvenile justice facilities have a mental illness, and we believe this can change by connecting youth with the right mental health services. Many of our member agencies have therapists and counselors qualified to handle mental illness promptly, comprehensively and with respect. We aim to improve the lives of the youth who seek our services, so if you or someone you know needs help, please visit our website at www.floridanetwork.org or call us at (850) 922-4324.