Health and Wellness
2018 National Children's Mental Health Awareness Campaign
Partnering for Health and Hope Following Trauma
National Children’s Mental Health Awareness campaign seeks to raise awareness about the importance of children’s mental health and to show that positive mental health is essential to a child’s healthy development from birth. The initiative encourages schools, nonprofits, and other community organizations to participate in programs and hold events that raise awareness about the mental health needs of America’s youngest citizens.
The theme of this year's Awareness Week is "Partnering for Health and Hope Following Trauma." The website and toolkit from the National Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health (NFFCMH) include tips sheets, coloring and activity books, videos and more than 20 activities for families and children, as well as an interactive map to help find Awareness Week events near you. Additional Awareness campaign resources for Child Traumatic Stress are also available from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration.
While diagnosing and treating mental health disorders are outside of WIC's scope, it is vital for WIC staff to be aware of and know how to help children and families that have experienced trauma, connecting them with appropriate resources and treatment 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
To find all resources the WIC Works Resource System has to offer on this topic, use "mental health" and "depression" in the search box located in the navigation bar.