Children’s Mental Health Acceptance Week

During Children’s Mental Health Acceptance Week, May 7-13, 2023 The National Federation of Families will focus on the importance of shifting from awareness to acceptance. Hoping to inspire new thinking and behavior that better supports the mental health of children and youth and their families. The new infographic, Reframing Language, was designed along with the NFSTAC team to do just that – change our thinking and the way we talk about mental health and about individuals who experience mental health and/or substance use challenges.

View the full infographic here.


Join us in celebrating Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week

Nominate Someone Who is Great in Our State!

The planning committee for the Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day event is seeking nominations to honor individuals, communities, schools, and organizations across New York State that are making a difference in the field of children and youth mental health. Selected honorees will be recognized at the New York State What’s Great in Our State (WGIOS) celebration on May 9, 2023

Here’s your opportunity to recognize those who are doing outstanding work! 

Our annual recognition focuses on the following six categories: 

  • Youth/Young Adult 
  • Family/Caregiver 
  • Lifetime 
  • Systems of Care Community 
  • Organization or Community Group 
  • School 

The nomination form includes more detail about each category. You can access the nomination form below.

The deadline for nominations is February 17, 2023.  

All nominations will be reviewed by the interagency planning committee and notifications will be made by April 10, 2023. 

Awardees will be recognized at the WGiOS celebration event on Tuesday, May 9, 2023, from 8:30 am to 12:30 p.m., in Albany, New York (location to be determined). The day will include a keynote speaker, workshops as well as recognition of the 2023 Honorees.  


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 cultivating 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 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!

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