Raising Awareness/Reducing Stigma

greenribbonFamily Involvement Center strives to educate the community about why children's mental health matters. The more we learn about children's mental health, the better we can understand the needs of children with emotional and behavioral health needs and the contributions they make to our community. Our understanding also helps parents raising children with these needs feel safe when asking for help and support from their families and communities. Early intervention and treatment for children and support for parents and caregivers have been proven to improve outcomes for children with mental health needs.

Each year, Family Involvement Center takes a lead role in Arizona's celebration of Children's Mental Health Awareness. This nation-wide effort seeks to raise awareness about the importance of children's mental health and why it is essential to a child's healthy development. Communities around the country participate by holding their own Awareness Day events, focusing either on the national theme, or adapting the theme to the populations they serve. Family Involvement Center hosts a series of events during Children's Mental Health Awareness Week in support of this effort in Arizona.

To learn more about why children's mental health matters, please visit the links below.

Children's Mental Health Awareness (CMHA) Basics

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CMHA Ideas for Activites to Host in Your Community

To learn more or get involved in Arizona's 2017 CMHA activties, see below.

The 2017 date for National Children's Mental Health Awareness (CMHA) is Thursday, May 4th. Our 2017 Children's Mental Health Awarerness (CMHA) Campaign theme, selected from suggestions submitted by Arizona youth, is LOVE MY GREATNESS.

Flyers and details about this year's events are available here. Register for one or more events today to get involved! Or, host an event in your community. Here are some ideas to help you get started.

Community organizations and individuals are invited to partner with FIC as a sponsor or underwriter of CMHA events each year. Partnering demonstrates commitment to our state's efforts to raise awareness and to reduce bias and stigma around chidren's mental health! Learn more about this year's sponsorship and underwriter benefits in our sponsorship and underwriting packet.

A huge thank you goes out to all of our 2017 Children's Mental Health Awareness partners!



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