A note from the director, Lauren Fasig, JD, PhD

Children's Mental Health Awareness Week, Speak Up for Kids.

By Lauren Fasig, JD, PhD

Lauren FasigChildren’s Mental Health Awareness Week is May 4 - 10, this year. In addition to serving as a supporting partner to SAMSHA’s Children’s Mental Health Awareness activities, APA is once again co-sponsoring the Speak Up for Kids campaign. The campaign was created in 2010 during National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week to provide the public with information about children’s mental health through talks in communities around the country. This year, the campaign features marquee events in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. Cathy Mavrolas, PhD, chief psychologist/clinical director and director of training at La Rabida Children’s Hospital, Illinois, will represent APA in the Chicago event addressing integrated care.

This year, Speak Up for Kids is taking the battle against stigma and misinformation social, and you can help. Along with the other campaign partners, our goal is to get #ISpeakUp trending with signs and short stories of why you, your colleagues, friends, family and others Speak Up for Kids. Using the template found on the Take Action page, finish the sentence, “I Speak Up because…” with why you think children’s mental health is important. Snap a photo of you with your sign, and use the hashtag #ISpeakUp when you post to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Encourage your followers to do the same, and share these instructions with your networks. Check out why APA Speaks Up. Visit the Speak Up for Kids website to see their #ISpeakUp Wall, and for toolkits, resources and additional information.