MHB Current Happenings
May is Children’s Mental Health Awareness Month!
The St. Louis Region of the System of Care (an MHB funded initiative) has a new website! www.systemofcarestl.org Check out their website for information on an exciting project for St. Louis City and St. Louis County youth to recognize Children’s Mental Health Awareness!
Children and Trauma – Tips for Mental Health Professionals by the American Psychological Association
In their roles as clinicians, scientists, teachers and community members, mental health professionals can make a difference in the way our society responds to child trauma. Because child trauma exposure is so pervasive, it is important for all mental health professionals to have basic knowledge of its nature, effects and appropriate initial responses. Click HERE for more information
SAMHSA’s Awareness Day 2017’s national focus is on the importance of integrating behavioral health and primary care for children, youth, and young adults with mental and/or substance use disorders. The 2017 national theme is “Partnering for Help and Hope.”
The national event will take place on Thursday, May 4, at 7 p.m. EDT in Washington, DC. SAMHSA will also webcast the event. The 2017 national event will feature interactive panels addressing the following topics:
- The importance of social, emotional, behavioral, and physical health needs of children, youth, and young adults;
- Modeling effective communication practices between behavioral health providers, primary care providers, families, and youth; and
- Addressing the needs of youth with co-occurring chronic illnesses and mental and/or substance use disorders.
SAMHSA will webcast the event live on www.samhsa.gov/children, with NBC4 Washington and its sister stations throughout the country also livestreaming the event on their websites. Viewers can join the online conversation using #HeroesofHope and pose questions to onstage panelists via Twitter and email during the event.
For more information and informational videos from SAMHSA on how to help a child cope with mental health issues – click HERE