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Help Proclaim Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day
March 4, 2011

May 3 is national Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day. Now is the time to plan ways to raise awareness about the importance of children's mental health and that positive mental health is essential to a child's healthy development from birth. The national theme is focused on building resilience in young children dealing with trauma. 

PCPA has asked Governor Corbett to issue a proclamation making May 3 Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day in Pennsylvania. PCPA encourages members to request that county, city, and other leaders issue a similar proclamation in local communities. “Proclamation language” to suggest to local leaders is offered below.

WHEREAS positive mental health is essential to a child's healthy development from birth;

WHEREAS addressing the complex mental health needs of children, youth, and families today is fundamental to the future of our community;

WHEREAS effectively caring for the mental health needs of children, youth, and families in our community families places upon our community a critical responsibility;

WHEREAS it is appropriate that a day should be set apart each year for the direction of our thoughts toward our children's mental health and well-being;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Representative/Commissioner/Mayor do hereby proclaim May 3, 2011, to be Children's Mental Health Awareness Day and urge our citizens and all agencies and organizations interested in meeting every child's mental health needs to unite on that day in the observance of such exercises as will acquaint the people of this community with the fundamental necessity of year-round support for the children and youth with mental health needs and their families.

[SIGNATURE, DATE, AND SEAL AT THE BOTTOM]

For information and resources access www.samhsa.gov/children.

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