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SAMHSA Honors Goldie Hawn, Youth Across the Country in Celebration of National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day
By: PR Newswire
May. 8, 2009 05:00 AM
Hawn received the SAMHSA Special Recognition Award for her work to increase public understanding of the role mental health plays in the total well-being of children and youth through her non-profit foundation, The Hawn Foundation. SAMHSA presented the award at the national Awareness Day event that was co-hosted by Twilight's
National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day is SAMHSA's annual demonstration of collaboration among numerous and diverse individuals, organizations, and agencies in the public and private sector working to provide greater access to community-based mental health services for children and youth with serious mental-health needs and their families.
"National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day offers an opportunity to raise broader awareness about the importance of social and emotional well-being in youth," said acting SAMHSA Administrator
More than 750 attendees enjoyed song, dance and recited spoken word performances by youth performers from SAMHSA-funded system of care communities which are networks of community-based comprehensive mental health services and supports that help children. The performances demonstrated the power of the performing arts in helping youth with mental health needs thrive at home, at school, and in the community.
Communities across the country also observed the day with events, youth demonstrations, and social networking campaigns to raise awareness about the importance of children's mental health and the need for community-based children's mental health supports and services. More than 40 leading child- and youth-serving agencies and organizations joined SAMHSA in championing Awareness Day this year, speaking as a unified voice to support children and youth with mental health needs and their families.
For the first time, SAMHSA and the Mental Health Commission of
For more information about National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day, visit www.samhsa.gov/children.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, a public health agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the lead Federal agency for improving the quality and availability of substance abuse prevention, addiction treatment, and mental health services in
SOURCE Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
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