"Awareness Day 2018: Partnering for Health and Hope Following Trauma" Streams Live at 7PM Eastern on May 10
As more than 1,100 communities and 170 national collaborating organizations and federal programs plan local Awareness Day activities and events around the country this Thursday, a national event also will be held in Washington, D.C. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) will bring together governors’ spouses, youth and family leaders, senior federal officials, and executives from leading professional health organizations for a town hall discussion on how to transform child serving systems to be more trauma informed.
The National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day national event, Awareness Day 2018: “Partnering for Health and Hope Following Trauma,” will be hosted and moderated by NBC4 Washington anchor Aaron Gilchrist at The George Washington University’s Dorothy Betts Marvin Theatre. The event will focus on the importance of an integrated approach to caring for the mental health needs of children, youth, and young adults who have experienced trauma. It will feature a “virtual” town hall format in which state agency personnel, health care providers, child-serving professionals, and families, youth, and young adults across the country can ask questions through email or social media.
Experts in mental health and primary care, as well as family and youth leaders, will answer questions from the audience and share evidence-based strategies that are effective in improving the lives of children, youth, and young adults who have experienced trauma.Viewers are encouraged to use the hashtag #HeroesofHope when participating in the national event discussion on social media. U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex M. Azar II will recognize 18 governors’ spouses, six of whom will be at the event, with a SAMHSA Special Recognition Award for their work to address youth mental health and promote trauma-informed care in their states. In addition, the secretary will present a SAMHSA Special Recognition Award to the executive director of the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) in honor of the trauma informed work being done in tribal nations across the country.