This year, Awareness Day will mark its 5th anniversary, as well as a first-time focus on the topic of early childhood. Communities across the country will observe the day with events, youth demonstrations, and social networking campaigns to raise awareness about the importance of mental health and increase understanding of the mental health needs of children and their families.
Awareness Day 2010 will specifically focus on increasing basic awareness of the importance positive mental health has on a child’s healthy development, with the key message that “positive mental health is essential to a child’s healthy development from birth.”
Awareness Day efforts will encourage the following actions
Integrate mental health into every environment that impacts child development from birth
Nurture the social and emotional well-being of children from birth
Look for and discuss milestones of a child’s social and emotional development from birth
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