May is Mental Health Month!
The first full week (May 3 - 9, 2015) of May (which is Mental Health Awareness Month) is designated as Children's Mental Health Awareness Week which is dedicated to increasing public awareness about the triumphs and challenges in children's mental health and emphasizing the importance of family and youth involvement in the children's mental health movement. May 7, 2015 marks the 10th Anniversary of SAMHSA's Children's Mental Health Awareness Day. This year, National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day will address the needs of children, youth, and young adults with mental health or mental health and substance use challenges and their families. A national event will take place on May 7, 2015, at the Lansburgh Theatre in Washington, DC. The national event will highlight strategies for integrating behavioral health with primary health care, child welfare, and education. (April 30, 2015 picture includes Chris Gibson (R-NY), Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX), & Grace Napolitano (C-CA) in front supporting Children's Mental Health Awareness Day.)
President's Declaration that May is Mental Health Awareness Month
Looking for Mental Health Resources?
Check out our web page of Mental Health Resources as was well as Resources by Topic
SSWAA Resolution Statements on Mental Health
SSWAA has developed several Resolution Statements addressing the mental health needs of students. They include: School Social Workers' Role in Addressing Students' Mental Health Needs and Increasing Academic Achievement; - Clinical School Social Work: Responding to the Mental Health Needs of Students; - Effective School Staffing Model: Teaming School Counselors, School Psychologists, and School Social Workers-- Joint Statement as well as School Safety: The School Social Work Role in Violence Prevention
See complete list of SSWAA Resolution Statements for more.
Looking for Activities?
Join the SSWAA Twitter Storm and Show that Children's Mental Health Matters to School Social Workers
School Social Workers can show their support by joining the Twitter chat: #MHM2015, #SISPinSchools, #MentalHealthMatters, #Schoolmentalheath, etc. Post your own message on twitter or Facebook. Sample Tweet: School Social Workers join @TheSSWAA to honor Children's Mental Health Awareness Week. #MHM2015 #MentalHealthMatters #SISPinSchools Take and post photos. Download possible templates for photos or create your own. Now grab your cell phones or computers and get started!
Wearin' of the Green
Join the "Green Ribbon Campaign". Help show unity and support regarding the important issue of children's mental health by "WEARING GREEN"! Once you get their attention, start the dialogue.
Write an Article for Your School/District Newsletter
Provide parents possible warning signs and symptoms to be aware of as well as an invitation to contact you or your department to arrange a meeting to discuss their concerns. Highlight a specific area of concern, i.e. depression, anxiety/worry, stress, anger, aggression, ADHD, etc. Consider including articles throughout the year and not just May! Let people know you are there to assist. Already have articles? Please consider sending to us so we can share with others.
Text, Talk, Act
Another way for you and students to get involved is to participate in a nation wide Text, Talk, Act on May 7th or any time between now and the end of May. See details.
Sponsor a Resource Fair
As school social workers, we take the lead in connecting students and families to community resources. Consider arranging for a Resource Fair during Children's Mental Health Week to help agencies communicate what services are available in your community.
Ideas from SAMHSA
As part of their preparation, SAMHSA supplies a number of ways you can participate. See their infographic for a snapshot of ideas
Let us know about your activities.