Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week - May 2020

Help spread mental health awareness and develop family engagement with your community. 

As today’s crisis is putting stress on people everywhere and families are taking the lead with their children’s learning, the family connection component for the annual Children’s Mental Health Awareness Campaign is more relevant than ever. Mental health impacts how we think, feel, and act, including how a child: feels about himself/herself, relates to other children and adults and handles change, stress and other life situations.

Please join the Howard County Office of Children and Families' campaign and participate in five days of engaging activities with your preschool child. Now is a great time to learn social emotional skills in fun ways that can assist in their healthy development. Sign up for free, here

Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week is May 4-8, 2020

Now in its fifth year, we encourage more people to get involved and spread the word for this year’s campaign, Boosting Social Connections While Physically Distancing. We are hoping that you can still be a conduit to connecting the information to your family populations. Your participation in the campaign encourages a stigma free environment which can empower families to feel comfortable accessing help they may need now and in the future. Early awareness highlights the importance of caring for every child’s mental health and reinforces that positive mental health is essential to a child’s healthy development.   

Our themes for this year: Positive Thinking/ Optimism, Building Social Connections at Home/ Friendship Skills, Mindfulness, Color Your World with Kindness, and The Power of Play. 

To find additional ideas, visit the May Mental Health Activity Calendar. Downloadable resources for mental health information can be found at Children’s Mental Health Matters or to find specific