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Children's Mental Health Matters Campaign 2021

The Children’s Mental Health Matters! Campaign brings together non-profits, schools, and other agencies with the following goals: raising public awareness of the importance of children’s mental health and substance use, helping reduce the stigma of mental health, and connecting families, educators and providers throughout Maryland with resources to help children.

May 2nd – 8th is Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week. Join the Maryland Coalition of Families and the Mental Health Association of Maryland in spreading the message that mental health is just as important as physical health! You can participate by wearing green on May 6th to raise awareness about the importance of children’s mental health. 

To learn more about mental health symptoms in youth, how to access support, and specific mental health disorders, check out the CMHM Family Resource Kit.

Resources for Parents Following a Suicide Attempt

Resources for Parents Following a Suicide Attempt is a resource guide that provides an overview of what parents can expect during a child’s recovery, including safety considerations, ways to limit access to lethal means, warning signs of suicide, and risk factors. The guide compiles information from vetted sources, such as the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, the CDC, SAMHSA, and the National Shooting Sports Foundation. It is intended to provide relevant information, tools, and local resources in one document to assist parents in transitioning their loved ones home from inpatient treatment. This resource guide is not exhaustive and should be used in addition to consultation with a loved one’s treatment team. 

What is Sources of Strength?

 

Sources of Strength is a suicide prevention and peer leadership program where peer leaders and adult advisors collaborate to design a creative mental health advocacy campaign. Learn more here.

For information about the Youth Suicide Prevention Plan or to request materials, community presentations, or trainings, contact Leah Bulka, Youth Suicide Prevention Coordinator, at lbulka@howardcountymd.gov.

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