It’s time once again to join together to celebrate and educate! Today, May 1st marks the beginning of National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week! Each year during Children’s Mental Health Awareness month, ACMH hosts a special event to highlight the importance of children’s mental health and raise awareness about the real issues facing children, youth and young adults with mental health challenges and their families. This year, due to Covid-19, ACMH will once again be hosting a virtual celebration, #WalkInMyShoes a three-part event created to support youth/young adults and their families in sharing their voices and stories to spread hope, connection, and mental health awareness. If you are interested in participating and helping us make the world a little more hopeful and connected by sharing the story of your mental health journey and what it’s like to walk in your shoes, click here to learn how today! ACMH will share the creative works on social media throughout the week of May 3-9 and they will be also highlighted in the #WalkInMyShoes Video Showcase on Friday, May 7th. Following the showcase event, you will be able to view video submissions here along with other resources and information that will be shared throughout May.
If Covid has taught us anything, it has shown us the power of family, the human spirit and connections! It has also highlighted the incredible importance of mental health and wellness especially for children, youth and young adults. We at ACMH have always known that children’s mental mental health matters – and have spent over 30 years working to ensure that All Michigan children and youth with emotional, behavioral, or mental health challenges and their families have access to the mental health services and supports they need. With increases in mental health needs across Michigan and the nation; Raising awareness about mental health and the real issues facing children, youth and young adults with mental health challenges and their families will be especially important this year.
But awareness isn’t enough…Asking for help is hard….and getting help is sometimes harder…
Throughout Awareness Month we will use this space to highlight some of the challenges families face in accessing needed mental health services and supports as well as, barriers community and systems face in meeting the increasing needs. ACMH looks forward to partnering with youth, families, local and state partners and other family and advocacy organizations to put a spotlight on these issues and work to help inform solutions. And we would be honored to have you join us.
Together we can raise awareness and make a difference in children’s mental health!