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May 4-10, 2014 is National Children's Mental Health Awareness Week

Mental health is essential to overall health and wellbeing. Children and youth with mental health challenges and their families deserve access to services and supports that are family-driven, youth-guided and culturally appropriate. Early detection and treatment can prevent children and youth from having more expensive and intense treatments later on and gives them better opportunities to lead full and productive lives. Untreated mental illnesses may increase the risk of a child being bullied, absent from school, or even involved in the juvenile justice system.

Mental Health Awareness Week is an opportunity to increase public awareness about the triumphs and challenges in children's mental health and emphasize the importance of family and youth involvement. Advocates, professionals, children, and families will gather at events across the Commonwealth to promote dignity, acceptance and social inclusion for all children and youth. Learn more at www.awarenessweek.ffcmh.org or www.ppal.net/childrens-mental-health-week/about.