National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day is May 10th. Join the National Webcast!

by | May 8, 2018 | Makin ’It Happen Together | 0 comments

National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day 2018 is on Thursday, May 10.

As more than 1,100 communities and 170 national collaborating organizations and federal programs plan local Awareness Day activities and events around the country, a national event also will be held in Washington, D.C.! The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) will bring together governors’ spouses, youth and family leaders, senior federal officials, and executives from leading professional health organizations for a town hall discussion on how to transform child serving systems to be more trauma informed.

The National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day national event, Awareness Day 2018: “Partnering for Health and Hope Following Trauma,” will be hosted and moderated by NBC4 Washington anchor Aaron Gilchrist at The George Washington University’s Dorothy Betts Marvin Theatre.

U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex M. Azar II will recognize 18 governors’ spouses, six of whom will be at the event, with a SAMHSA Special Recognition Award for their work to address youth mental health and promote trauma-informed care in their states. In addition, the secretary will present a SAMHSA Special Recognition Award to the executive director of the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) in honor of the trauma informed work being done in tribal nations across the country.

The in-person audience members and those viewing the live webcast will have the opportunity to join the conversation by asking questions of the speakers. (

Join the Webcast here: