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Children's Mental Health Awareness Day

5/3/2011

FHN Family Counseling Center staff have long been committed to the mental health of people of all ages, and on Tuesday, May 3, they will take part in the national Children's Mental Health Awareness Day.

"It's important that we recognize our children and teenagers as young people who deal with life every day, just like everyone else," said FHN adolescent psychiatrist James Daly MD. "They often face challenges that we as adults need to acknowledge and offer support as needed."

The U.S. government's Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration sponsors the annual Children's Mental Health Awareness Day. This year's theme is "Building Resilience for Young Children Dealing with Trauma." Resilience is critical in the formative years of a child. It determines how they will learn to react to life's challenges. This year, the U.S. government will sponsor activities to raise awareness of effective programs and mental health initiatives that promote positive youth development, recovery and resilience and to show how children with mental health needs can thrive in their communities. For more information, go to www.samhsa.gov/children.

Professionals at FHN Family Counseling Center are available day and night to provide emergency services to our community. After office hours, callers are directed to the CONTACT help-line where a trained, confidential listener is there to assist. The following numbers have listeners available 24 hours a day: