Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day

Each year National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day seeks to raise awareness about the importance of children’s mental health and show that positive mental health is essential to a child’s healthy development.

Awareness Day 2018: Partnering for Health and Hope Following Trauma will focus on the importance of an integrated approach to caring for the mental health needs of children, youth, and young adults who have experienced trauma, as well as their families.  More than 1,100 communities and 160 national collaborating organizations and federal programs will organize local Awareness Day activities and events around the country.

Together, lets celebrate the importance of collaboration to inspire hope and resiliency in our families, young people and communities.


Our friends at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) offer downloadable graphics, social media tips, a sample social media policy, event planning checklist, and guidance on forming and cultivate key partnerships for your Awareness Day event and year-round!  Click here to learn more.


Our friends at the National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health (NFFCMH) offer awareness tip sheets, proclamations, family activities, children’s books, and more.  Click here to learn more. 


Share the activities that your group is planning for National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week with us.  We’ll help promote on the FTNYS listserv, social media channels, and our NEW Event Calendar dedicated to CMHAW events across the state.

Email event information to Joanna Ahlatis at

Scroll to the bottom of the page to find a CMHAW event near you today!

MHANYS 11th Annual Mix & Mingle @ Albany Country Club
May 1 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Family Tapestry’s Mental Health Awareness Walk @ Saw Mill Creek Shelter at Willow Bay at Onondaga Lake Park
May 5 @ 9:00 am
VoicesUnited4Change Children’s Mental Health Walk @ Mill Ponds
May 5 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Join us for the Children’s Mental Health Awareness Walk and help us make a difference in the lives of the children and families in Orange County, impacted by social, emotional, and behavioral problems.

Let’s Talk Mental Health: Mine, Yours, Ours @ Emmanuel Baptist Church
May 5 @ 9:30 am – 4:30 pm

The conference will consist of a panel discussion featuring mental health professionals followed by three adult workshop options and an open forum for youth between the ages of 12 and 18 years old.

The purpose of this conference is to invoke conversation within communities, families, and churches about the importance of mental health, knowing your mental health status, and recognizing signs of mental illness, as well as providing the public with professional resources to receive help, if necessary.

2018 FTNYS Annual Conference @ Albany Marriott
May 6 – May 7 all-day

Join over 400 representatives from family peer support providers, family advocates, and family members, youth and professionals from the children’s behavioral health and other cross-system children’s services at this statewide event and stay abreast of the many challenges and opportunities facing children, youth and families as health and behavioral health services continues to move toward an integrated system of care. We encourage New York State Family Peer Support Providers, Youth Peer Advocates, health plans, Performing Provider Systems, health homes, health care/hospital systems and other service providers to attend and receive timely and pertinent education & information on services, collaborations and practices in our children’s health and behavioral health system.

Westchester County DCMH Annual Meeting @ Westchester County Center - Little Theater
May 7 @ 8:45 am – 12:00 pm

Building a Co-Occurring System of Care: creating meaningful partnerships and integrated treatment for those with mental health, substance misuse, addiction, and other complex challenges.

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Marc Fishman, MD, Addiction Psychiatrist & Faculty of the Dept. of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine & Medical Director of Maryland Treatment Centers.  Followed by Panel Discussion including comments by County Executive George Latimer.

Please RSVP before April 30 by contacting Leslie Messina at (914) 995-5244
or email

Sponsored by Westchester County Department of Community Mental Health (DCMH) and Westchester County Co-Occurring System of Care Committee (COSOCC).

What’s Great in Our State Celebration @ New York State Museum
May 8 @ 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day is recognized nationally through the coordination of SAMHSA.  New York’s own recognition of this day is incorporated into the annual What’s Great in Our State celebration on May 8, 2018.  The theme this year is “Healthy Minds, Healthy Children and Youth”. The nominations closed on March 26 and we have a record number of individuals, programs and services to consider for recognition.  It is truly a reflection that a tremendous amount of good work focused on children and families is alive and well in all parts of New York State. Please join us in Albany (flyer below) if you can, as we would love to have you join our celebration!

Click HERE to learn more and register to attend this free event.

WGIOS 2018 – Flyer

24th Annual Symposium: Moving Forward in Children’s Mental Health @ Melville Marriott
May 9 @ 8:30 am – 3:00 pm

“Safety at the Crossroads of Life” 1 in 5 people will experience a mental health challenge in the next year.  The stigma surrounding the subject of mental health is the biggest barrier to people seeking treatment and one of the biggest challenges for systems of care.  Keynote Mike Veny shares his story about living with depression, anxiety, and obsessive-compulsive disorder.  He will then introduce The Stigma Cycle” “Stigma starts with shame.  Shame leads to silence.  Silence leads to self-destructive behavior and suicide.”  The process repeats, and it becomes an endless, downward spiral.  Attendees will learn practical tools on how to transform stigma into strength and empower people in their lives to get the help they need.

Presented by the LI Family Support Coalition Committee, The LI Regional Technical Assistance Team (RTAT), Long Island Multicultural Advisory Committee (MAC), and Families Together in NYS (FTNYS)

Please RSVP by May 1st by contacting Cheryl Williams at (631) 761-3181 or email:

Download Brochure

8th Annual Myra Alfreds Roundtable @ Greenburgh Public Library
May 10 @ 8:45 am – 12:00 pm

System of Care: A Vision for Children’s Behavioral Health in a Changing Environment
In recognition of National Foster Care Month, Mental Health Month & Children’s Mental Health Week

Keynote Speaker: Scott Bryant-Comstock – President & CEO Children’s Mental Health Network, national expert on Children’s Issues, System of Care & Systems Change.

Join us for our Recognition Awards 2018!

Please RSVP by May 1st by contacting Michael Orth at (914) 995-5225 or email:

Download Flyer

Families First in Essex County Annual Mental Health Awareness Walk @ Stewart’s Shops
May 10 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Each year National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day seeks to raise awareness about the importance of children’s mental health and show that positive mental health is essential to a child’s healthy development.

Please join Families First in Essex County in celebrating Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day on Thursday, May 10th at the Families First Annual Mental Health Awareness Walk!

This year’s theme is Partnering for Health and Hope Following Trauma. You are encouraged to wear green in recognition of this special occasion.

We will meet at the memorial park by Stewart’s in Elizabethtown for registration at noon. After opening remarks, we will walk around the village and then enjoy lunch at Families First.  Click HERE for map and directions.

Please RSVP to Deborah Mitchell, Coordinator of Youth Services, at (518) 873-9544 or email

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