Throughout the country, organizations, groups and individuals are spreading awareness about the importance of children's mental health.
Caring for Every Child's Mental Health
Talk Therapy TV is participating by distributing special edition grocery receipt Quick Facts providing facts about children''s mental health.
The national event in Washington, DC, will open with an art exhibit sponsored by the American Art Therapy Association at the prestigious Shakespeare Theatre-Harman Center for the Arts and continue with a tribute to youth who dealt with trauma in their childhood and who built on their resilience. A joint award from the Office of the Secretary, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services and the Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts will be presented to a celebrity who experienced trauma, who demonstrated resilience, and who used his or her fame as a platform to educate others about trauma and resilience.
Watch the live webcast of this event here.
Learn more about Children's Mental Health Awareness Day
Childhood Trauma and PTSD
With help from families, providers, and the community, young children can demonstrate resilience when dealing with trauma. Visit http://1.usa.gov/eURFX5 to learn more.
Among even very young children, ages 18 to 36 months, exposure to potentially traumatic events is associated with a range of socio-emotional and behavioral problems that may compromise healthy development and place them at risk for persistent serious psychological problems later in childhood and in adulthood.1 More than 35 percent of children exposed to a single traumatic event will develop a serious mental health problem.2
Research has shown that caregivers can buffer the impact of trauma and promote better outcomes for children even under stressful times when the following Strengthening Families Protective Factors3 are present:
- Parental resilience
- Social connections
- Knowledge of parenting and child development
- Concrete support in times of need
- Social and emotional competence of children