National Alliance of Mental Illness

Advocacy Update on National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week 2014

TAKE ACTION for Children’s Mental Health

National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week, May 4-10, helps raise awareness around children’s mental health. This week NAMI joins communities around the country in raising awareness about the mental health needs of America’s youngest citizens. It is a week to focus on children and youth living with mental illness and to come together to advocate for a full array of effective services and supports for children affected by mental illness.

View activities you can do to support Children’s Mental Health Awareness.

TAKE ACTION for Children’s Mental Health

Below are bills that you can take action on to tell your members of congress to prioritize children’s mental health.

The Mental Health In Schools Act (S. 195 and H.R. 628)

The Mental Health in Schools Act is critically important legislation that provides federal funding to increase the availability of comprehensive school-based mental health services and supports and builds effective links between schools and the community mental health system. This legislation will improve the early identification of mental illness by funding school and community-based mental health services and linking students with effective services and supports so they have the chance to thrive and reach their full potential.

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The Keeping All Students Safe Act (S. 2036 and H.R. 1893)

This bill greatly restricts the use of restraint and seclusion in our nation’s schools to protect children from harm. Restraint means not allowing an individual to freely move their arms, legs or head. Seclusion means a person is placed in a space that they cannot leave. Children have been seriously harmed, traumatized and some have died from the use of restraint and seclusion in our nation’s schools.

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Learn more about the Keeping All Students Safe Act at National Alliance of Mental Illness

TO LEARN ABOUT NAMI AND ADVOCACY PROGRAMS PLEASE VISIT NAMI.ORG

To learn about public policy issues that affect adults and children living with mental illness and their loved ones, and how NAMI is providing a strong voice on these issues, visit the following sections at NAMI.org

You can find them under Public Policy link.

News and Alerts
Policy Reports
Public Policy Platform
State Advocacy
Take Action! Legislative Action Center
Mental Health Care Gets My Vote!
Health Care Reform
Criminalization and Criminal Justice Issues

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7 Comments on “Take Action for Children's Mental Health

  1. Reblogged this on What's My Damage? and commented:
    Even though Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week ended yesterday, it’s never too late to raise awareness. We should be aware of mental health issues all year round, and the fact that we need a week to remind people of it just shows how much more work needs to be done.

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