Children's Mental Health Awareness
In recognition of the 2014 Children’s Mental Health Awareness Month, the Alexandria Department of Community and Human Services' Center for Children and Families launched a Got Bounce? Resiliency Counts! campaign. The effort builds on SAMHSA’s national theme: Inspiring Resilience, Creating Hope. www.samhsa.gov
Today, did you:
- Laugh out loud?
- Talk with someone you care about?
- Do something meaningful?
- Have a productive day at school/work?
- Take a break?
- Move your body?
- Help someone?
If you did any of these things, you have built up your resilience!
Events and Activities
Throughout the month of May the Center for Children and Families is collaborating with Alexandria City Public Schools, Center for Alexandria’s Children, Friends of the Alexandria Mental Health Center, the Alexandria Court Services Unit and many local non-profits to spread the word on how to build resilience, or bounce back. Got Bounce? Resiliency Counts! teen and parent kits are being distributed throughout the community; including nearly 3,000 kits to students at T.C. Williams High School.
Workshops throughout Alexandria focus on the importance of maintaining optimal mental health, reducing stigma related to mental health, and self-care. The workshop, “Mental Health Awareness: How to Keep our Kids Strong” is offered three times in May through ACPS Family and Community Engagement (FACE) Centers and is open to parents and other caring adults who are residents of the City of Alexandria. It will focus on the importance of maintaining optimal mental health, reducing stigma related to mental health, and self-care. Educational materials related to building resilience will also be provided. For information and to register, visit the