May Is Mental Health Month Celebrate Children's
You may not realize it, but chances are a child or adolescent you know has a
serious mental health need. In fact, mental health problems affect one in five
Mental health problems are painful—emotionally, spiritually and
socially—especially for children and adolescents. Words that make fun of mental
health create a sense of shame, feelings of guilt and loss of self-esteem.
Children and adolescents exposed to such a negative view of themselves feel
rejected, lonely and isolated. For a child with a mental health problem, this
"stigma" is often the greatest barrier to a complete and satisfying life.
But you can help. There are many things that parents and caregivers can do to
support children's emotional health and well-being. Make a commitment to help
the children and adolescents in your life. May—officially recognized as "Mental
Health Month" by Congress since 1949—is the perfect time for parents and
caregivers to focus on children's and adolescents' mental health. You can
demonstrate your support for Mental Health Month by:
Learning more about mental well-being in children.
Celebrating the accomplishments and strengths of
Fostering self-worth and independence in children.
Helping children express their feelings.
Promoting mutual respect and trust.
Recognizing the strengths in all children.
Appreciating each child's uniqueness.
Encouraging individual talents.
Helping children set goals based on their abilities and
Showing confidence in their ability to handle problems
and tackle new experiences.
The Caring for Every Child's Mental Health Campaign is part of the
Comprehensive Community Mental Health Services Program for Children and Their
Families of the federal Center for Mental Health Services. Parents and
caregivers who wish to learn more about mental well-being in children, please
call 1-800-789-2647 (toll-free) or visit the Web site at
mentalhealth.samhsa.gov/child to download a free publications catalog. The
federal Center for Mental Health Services is an agency of the Substance Abuse
and Mental Health Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human
Mental Health Month: Get Connected
Mental Health Month was created more than 50 years ago to raise awareness
about mental health conditions and the importance of mental wellness for all.
There are many ways of creating connections that support mental health:
Get connected to family and friends
to feel close and supported.
Get connected to your community to
feel a sense of belonging and purpose.
Get connected to professional help
to feel better when you’re stressed and having trouble coping.