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Children's Mental Health Awareness

May was first declared as Mental Health Awareness Month in 1949. In 2006, Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day was chosen as a special day during this month to focus on the mental health needs of children. Since 2006, May has been a time to acknowledge the importance of children's mental health, show that positive mental health is essential to a child's healthy development from birth, promote positive youth development, resiliency, and recovery, along with the transformation of mental health service delivery for youth, adolescents, and their families.

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.

A list of external resources related to children's mental health awareness is available here.

NCTSN Resource

Complex Trauma: Facts for Educators

Type: Fact Sheet

Helps educators and school staff recognize the signs and symptoms of complex trauma and offers recommendations on how to help students heal.

NCTSN Resource

Complex Trauma: Facts for Caregivers

Type: Fact Sheet

Helps parents and caregivers recognize the signs and symptoms of complex trauma and offers recommendations on how to help children heal.

NCTSN Resource

NCTSN Bench Cards for the Trauma-Informed Judge

Type: Special Resource

Provides judges with useful questions and guidelines to help make decisions based on the emerging scientific findings in the traumatic stress field. These bench cards assist judges and court-appointed professionals doing mental health assessment of children.

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