Children’s Bureau to Celebrate Mental Health Awareness Month in May

Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day also celebrated Thursday, May 9

The Children’s Bureau of New Orleans will take part in celebrating May as National Mental Health Awareness Month and Thursday, May 9 as Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day. These nationally-recognized observances, created by Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA), provide the Children’s Bureau with an opportunity to spread the word locally about the importance of mental health.

“Good mental health is essential to the overall health and well-being of individuals and the community at large,” says Paulette Carter, president and CEO of the Children’s Bureau of New Orleans. “It impacts everything from whether a child gets up and goes to school in the morning to avoiding potential violent situations like shootings, or even worse, massacres like the one at Sandy Hook Elementary School. We want people to understand that prevention works and treatment is available. Through the national observance of Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day, we celebrate the fact that children and youth can and do recover from setbacks in their lives with the proper support.”

The Children’s Bureau will feature a series of representative stories about some of their client* throughout the month on their Facebook page. The agency is also holding a training seminar for mental health professionals on its nationally-recognized Grief and Trauma treatment model in May. And finally, the agency will cap off the month with a party and fundraiser for its supporters at Rock N’ Bowl on Friday, May 31, 2013. For more details on these events, contact Amy Collins at acollins@childrens-bureau.com.

*Names and specific details are changed to protect the identity of our clients.