Sunday, May 18, 2008

Did You Know? National Schizophrenia Awareness Day is May 24th

The National Schizophrenia Foundation has delared May 24th as National Schizophrenia Awareness Day to help raise awareness of schizophrenia and overcome the stigma around the disorder. For more information about Schizophrenia, please visit this NAMI website.

The mission of the National Schizophrenia Foundation (NSF) to develop and maintain support groups for individuals, and their friends and family members, affected by schizophrenia and related disorders; and to be a broad resource for all persons regarding schizophrenia and related disorders through education, information, and public awareness services.

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Did You Know? National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day

National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day is a day for SAMHSA (Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration) and the initiatives and communities it supports to promote positive youth development, resilience, recovery, and the transformation of mental health services delivery for children and youth with serious mental health needs and their families. Awareness Day will be held on Thursday, May 8th, 2008.

Awareness Day raises awareness of effective programs for children's mental health needs, demonstrates how children's mental health initiatives promote positive youth development, recovery and resilience, and shows how children with mental health needs thrive in their communities. The theme for this year's national event is Thriving in the Community, with a special emphasis on high school youth who receive the services they need are more likely to have positive outcomes such as better grades and higher rates of education and less likely to have negative outcomes such as involvement with the juvenile and criminal justice systems.

For more information, please visit SAMHSA's website.