Suicide Prevention: Strategies That Work
In May, many national organizations join together to raise awareness and build understanding of mental health as part of Mental Health Awareness Month and National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day.
May 6th is National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day and is observed each year to raise awareness about the importance of children’s mental health and how vital positive mental health is to a child’s development. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) offers a number of ways organizations and communities can take part in or coordinate their own activities, such as:
- A list of Awareness Day Community Events and Activities Across the Nation
- Information about, including a webcast for, the Awareness Day 2019 event occurring in Washington DC that incorporates this year’s theme, “Suicide Prevention: Strategies That Work”, and will include suicide prevention experts and leaders of national mental health organizations
- A list of past Awareness Day Events that include links to archived webcasts
- A page that helps parents and caregivers understand What Are Childhood Mental Disorders, their symptoms, and how to find treatment?
- Facts about mental disorders in children
- A video entitled “Children’s Mental Health Disorders – A Journey for Parents and Children”
- A Behavioral Health Service Provider locator, by state and county
While diagnosing and treating mental health disorders is outside of WIC’s scope, it’s important for WIC staff to know how and be able to help connect children and families with appropriate resources and referrals for mental health issues. As noted in the WIC Guidance for Screening and Referring Women With or at Risk for Depression, establishing partnerships with mental health providers is among the necessary components of a WIC agency process to enhance WIC screening and referrals for maternal depression. Though this guidance is geared towards maternal depression, establishing such partnerships with mental health providers is just as important for children.
Additional resources on this topic include:
- Child and Adolescent Mental Health
- Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator
- 24-7 National Suicide Prevention Lifeline