May 6, 2021

is National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day, shining a spotlight on the importance of caring for every child’s mental health and reinforcing that positive mental health is essential to a child’s healthy development.

Join Georgia Parent Support Network and Voices for Georgia’s Children, in partnership with DBHDD, for a special virtual edition of Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day. We look forward to celebrating on Thursday, May 6, 2021 from 10:00am – 12:00pm to raise awareness and educate the public about children’s mental health.#CMHFrontandCenter2021

2020 Highlights and Resources

The 2020 event was hosted via Zoom platform on Thursday, May 7, 2020. If you were unable to join, click the button below to access the recorded webinar. Thank you to all of the partners and sponsors who participated in Children’s Mental Health Day!

For Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day 2020, Voices for Georgia’s Children talked with Dr. Sarah Vinson, one of the country’s leading experts in child and adolescent behavioral health, about how children are coping with the stress of COVID-19, how parents can help, current mental health work being done in Georgia, and more. We learned so much and are sure you will as well! Dr. Vinson is a board certified physician who specializes in adult, child & adolescent, and forensic psychiatry. In addition to providing mental health care services through her private practice, Dr. Vinson is an Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at Morehouse School of Medicine, as well as an Adjunct Faculty at Emory University School of Medicine. She has been elected and/or appointed to national and statewide office by her professional peers, serving as the Past President of the Georgia Council on Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, the Treasurer of the Georgia Psychiatric Physicians Association, and appointed by Governor Kemp to the Mental Health Reform Innovation Commission / appointed chair of the child and adolescent subcommittee.

Ways to Raise Awareness for Children's Mental Health

While Practicing Social Distancing

  • Use the hashtag! Tag any social media post (picture, tweet, comment, post, etc.) with the hashtag: #SpeakOutSpeakUp
  • Poll Everywhere
    • If you are a young adult who has received behavioral health services, please complete the following Youth Questionnaire
    • If you are a parent of a child who has a behavioral health condition, please complete the following Parent Questionnaire

Call to Action

To commemorate this year’s Children’s Mental Health Day at the Capitol, we are challenging each attendee/supporter to accomplish one goal that should be completed within the next 3 months. You can choose your own goal to accomplish or one of the goals listed below:

  1. Get involved with your local Community Service Board by liking/following their Facebook page.
  2. Download the GCAL mobile app and commit to 30 days of checking in (e.g. how are things going?, Is there anything you need from me?, etc.) with a friend or family member.
  3. Connect with your local Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health Chapter. To learn how, go to Georgia Parent Support Network’s website
  4. Listen to the young people you know with curiosity and compassion. You can listen any time to Georgia’s youth speak up about mental health by clicking

2019 Highlights

Dr. Erica Fener Sitkoff, Executive Director of Voices for Georgia’s Children, led the panel discussion on Children’s Mental Health Day at the Capitol

Members of the Interagency Directors Team took part in the conversation,
“Suicide Prevention: Strategies that Work,” including:

Erin Harlow-Parker, MS, APRN, PMSCNS-BC, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta

Layla Fitzgerald, DBHDD Program Manager

Ashley Harris, Department of Education, Director of Whole Child Supports and Strategic Partnerships

Jessica Donaldson, Project Director TREE House Program & System of Care Coordinator

Ana Gaona, DBHDD Youth Peer Specialist Coordinator

Sue Smith, GPSN Chief Executive Director

Thank you to all of our partners who participated in Children’s Mental Health Day 2019 and held events that raised awareness of this important issue.

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