Children’s Mental Health Matters May 2018


Children's Mental Health Packet 18


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

Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week is May 6-12

Reminder for what will you need to do:
- Have anywhere from one classroom up to the whole school do the short activities provided
- Send home emails (preferred) or letters to include families in mental health activities and information 
- Post information and resources in your lobby
- Consider taking pictures to share with the OCF team how activities are being implemented at your site (those that share pictures will be entered into a drawing for a free onsite parent workshop)
- Complete a follow up survey that will be sent to you after the event
Email or call your CARE Center consultant with any additional questions.

Resources and materials to print and display or hand out

Mental Health Campaign Poster

Mental Health Calendar for May 

Early Childhood Mental Health Fact Sheets (Tips for Families/Tips for Educators)

Resilience, A Strength Based Approach to Good Mental Health Poster  

Social Emotional Resources from Too Small to Fail (Feelings Poster)

Children's Mental Health Matters Early Childhood Booklist 

For Families:

Poster for families to attend a free Family Institute parenting workshop & Spring Calendar of Workshops

Raising Happy, Healthy Children Brochure

Healthy in Mind and Body Brochure 


The CARE Line Free Information, referral and education call line  

Choose2BKIND bumper magnet

For Teachers or Teacher Lounge:

Self-­Care for Caregivers & Teachers in Stressful Times                                                        

*Posters should be displayed in prominent areas for parents to see.   

5 DAYS of Children’s Mental Health Activities:  Start with Parent Intro Letter week before

Letters for families are recommended for email distribution since there are live links that people can click on for interactive information. Copy and paste the parent letters provided into an email body and include any additional center specific information. For parents that prefer handouts, you can print off. Posting letters for the week at the message board show parents what emails to expect.

Day 1: Theme: Kindness

Lesson Plan: Kindness
Book: The Kindness Quilt by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace -
Activity: Making classroom/schoolwide kindness quilt
Handouts: Random Acts of Civility: A Year of Kindness in Howard County
Parent Email: Kindness
Parent Email Resource: ReadyRosie- Super Kindness -


Day 2: Theme: Self-Regulation

Lesson Plan: The Way I Feel
Book: The Way I Feel by Janan Cain
Activity: Discuss feelings; create a feeling face; sing The Way I Feel song
Handouts:  Face template; The Way I Feel song
Parent Email: Self-Regulation
Parent Email Resource: Zero to Three Video


Day 3: Theme: Social Emotional Skills 

Lesson Plan: Social Emotional Skills
Tool: Mood Meter
Activity: Introduce the Mood Meter and play the game How Would You Feel
Handout: 7 Tips for Using a Mood Meter
Parent Email: Social Emotional Skills
Parent Email Resource:


Day 4: Theme: Understand and Deal with Stress 

Lesson Plan: Understand and Deal with Stress
Book: Once I Was Very Very Scared by Chandra Ghosh Ippen - 
Activity:  Introduce the 5 Coping Skills, children to make their own 5 Steps Coping Paper Plate Wheel to use in the classroom and take home to discuss with their family
Handouts: Laminated 5 Steps to Help You When You Feel Scared

Parent Email: Understand and Deal with Stress
Parent Email Resource:


Day 5: Theme: Building Resilience

Lesson Plan: Building Resilience
Books:  The Little Engine That Could, by Watty Piper
              That’s When I’m Happy, by Beth Shoshan - 
Activity: Bounce-Back Circle Time/family activity
Handouts: Bounce-Back Chart and activity description, Ten things parents and teachers can do with children today to help promote resilience for a lifetime!, Carol Dweck resiliency quote 

Parent Email: Building Resilience
Parent Email Resource: 

Howard County CARE Center: 410-313-CARE (2273) (voice/relay)
Howard County Office of Children and Families: 410-313-1940 (voice/relay)

Educator Resource Kits:

Children's Mental Health Matters 2018