May is Mental Health Awareness Month
Each year, the month of May is used to celebrate Mental Health Awareness Month, which shines a light on the year-round challenges we face in supporting our children's mental well-being. Children need to feel safe, heard, and understood. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has identified the presence of safe, stable, and nurturing adults as the most important protective factor for children and young people in the face of stress and adversity.
Throughout the month, we will highlight various topics, provide resources, and events that will help guide discussion and awareness. To better understand how IAFC can help support you, please visit our Early Childhood Mental Health Consultants resource center. Below, you will find a list of resources that encourage conversation and learning.
Read personal stories from the National Alliance on Mental Illness.
EVENT: Life as a QuaranTEEN: Youth Mental Health Post-Pandemic (May 25)
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) has compiled a list of helpful resources for parents and caregivers, children, mental health providers, child welfare and juvenile justice professionals, healthcare providers, educators and school staff, military families, and policy makers.
Visit the National Institute of Mental Health's Child and Adolescent Mental Health center.
From the National Council of Mental Health Resources: