2015 Children's Mental Health Awareness Week  

May 3 - 9, 2015


Children's Mental Health Awareness Day

Thursday, May 7, 2015

2015 marks the 10th Anniversary of Children's Mental Health Awareness Day

Will You Help Highlight 
Children's Mental Health Awareness Week? 

Easy Things You Can Do...

  • Where a green ribbon this and every week. This is a great way to show your support,  spread awareness, celebrate children and provide hope and unity throughout the children's mental health and the family movement. 
  • Tweet and Post about Children's Mental Health Awareness Week. 
  • On your social media pages, change your profile picture for this week to include the Children's Mental Health Awareness green ribbon or something to promote children's mental health. 
  • Get involved in events in your area. http://www.ftnys.org/family-support-activities-events/
  • Follow mental health advocacy organizations and service providers so that you may retweet and the information that they post and learn about their events and opportunities. Visit our website to learn about agencies and resources across New York State at www.ftnys.org
  • Check out the National Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health Toolkit for this week and ongoing. Download the Federations Children's Activity Book and color and talk with your children about mental health. 
  • Talk about children's mental health and the importance of family peer support. 
  • Call the Families Together Information and Referral Line at 1.888.326.8644 anytime you have questions about children's mental health. 
in Sending Out This Message

* Mental health is essential to overall health and well-being. 

* Emotional and mental health challenges in children and youth are real and treatable. 

* Children and youth with mental health challenges and their families deserve access to services and supports that are family driven, youth guided and culturally appropriate. 

* Values of acceptance, dignity and social inclusion should be promoted throughout all communities for children, youth and families. 

* Family and youth voice is a valued asset in determining appropriate services and interventions. 

* End Stigma!

Some Great Children's Mental Health 
Awareness Events Around New York State:

White Plains

5th Annual Myra Alfreds Roundtable


Friday, May 8, 2015 8:45AM to 1:00PM

New York State Judicial Institute-Pace Law School 78 North Broadway, White Plains, NY 10603

Register Here!



21st Annual Symposium Moving Forward in Children's Mental Health
Riding the Wave
Wednesday, May 6th, 2015 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Melville Marriott
1350 Old Walt Whitman Road Melville, NY 11747

Register Here!



Erie County Children's System of Care: Mental Health Awareness Annual Dinner and Celebration
The Adam's Mark Hotel
120 Church Street, Buffalo, New York 14202
Please plan to join us Tuesday, May 5, 2015 from 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm, for dinner, an interactive keynote speaker, and special activities as we CELEBRATE the success and achievements of youth and families in the Erie County System of Care.
Register Here!


Circle of Caring Ribbon Project

"Ways We Care"

A night of audience inspired improvisational performance art on behalf of the emotional well-being of all children and families.

Thursday May 7th 7:00pm @ The Space at Greenstar

Read More Here!



2015 "Got Dreams?" Celebration!
May 7th, 2015


Register Here!



May is Mental Health Month!
 MHANYS is celebrating by offering two FREE
 Youth Mental Health First Aid classes

Become Certified in Youth Mental Health First Aid!

Join us on for ONE of the following sessions:
Class 1: May 12 & 13, 2015; each day from 8:30am - 12:45pm
Class 2: May 28 from 1pm - 5pm & May 29 from 8:30am - 12:45pm

Register Here!



What's Great in Our State: A Celebration of Children's Mental Health Awareness

Tuesday, May 5, New York State Museum, 12Noon

Register Here




3rd Annual Foster Care & Children's Mental Health Awareness Celebration Luncheon
May 28, 2015 11am- 2pm
Empire State Plaza, Meeting Room 6

This event is free. Registration is required.
Visit this link to register.

For More Information
Contact Carrie Holmes
518-432-0333 ext.34


Movie Night        Tuesday, May 5th
 253 Mansion Street, Poughkeepsie     6:00 PM-8:30 PM

  An evening for parents, caregivers, providers, and teens that will explore feelings, relationships, etc. using film as a tool for open discussion.
 Contact Lynn Rogers, MHADC, 473-2500 ext. 1343 or lrogers@mhadutchess.org 

Wappingers Falls 
 Family Fun Night       Friday, May 8th

Bowdoin Park, Sheafe Road, Wappingers Falls   5:00 PM-7:30 PM

 Outdoor events that will include a potluck supper, games, crafts, and plenty of fun.
 A magic show will also take place during the picnic. Registration is required.
 Call Susan Luongo, MHADC, 473-2500 x 1330 or sluongo@mhadutchess.org


Astor Mental Health Screening     Ongoing
 Free confidential screenings for
 children/adolescents held during the year.

 For further information contact: Brenda Maietta, 845-489-0081 (Cell)




The views and opinions expressed in third party messages included in this mailing are those of the organization or individual mentioned; and should not be attributed to Families Together in New York State, Inc.


Tracie Killar, Communications Director   

Families Together in New York State, Inc.