In a year of change and COVID-19 concerns, Governor Jim Justice has proclaimed May 7, 2021, as Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day in West Virginia to emphasize caring for children’s well-being every day.
Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day is part of National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week May 2-8, 2021. This year’s theme is “Flip the Script” to promote the importance of teaching children and youths that caring for their mental health is vital for healthy, fulfilling lives. In fact, experiencing mental health challenges is not uncommon-- one in five do-- so it is important to seek help and support others.
Children and families in West Virginia can get connected with behavioral health services in their communities through the statewide, 24/7 Children’s Crisis and Referral Lineat 844-HELP4WV (844-435-7498).
Anyone can help promote positive children’s mental health this May by sharing the Governor’s proclamation and available resources on social media with the hashtag #WVChildrensMentalHealthMatters.