Thursday, 28 April 2016

Finding Help Finding Hope

More than 5 million children in the world has been diagnosed with mental health issues and the numbers are increasing at an alarming rate. Disorders like ADHD, anxiety, pervasive development problems, mood issues, eating disorders etc has become an everyday fad and nerve wracking nightmares for many parents. Throwing in an apple of discord in this domain of mental health issue, stems from lack of trained personnel to help children and also inappropriate assessment of the disorders with the slack in initiating the right course of treatment. However persistent efforts of several mental health professionals  to raise awareness for children's mental health awareness has led to May 5th being celebrated as the National Mental Health Awareness Day in USA spear headed by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Association (SAMHSA). This year’s event theme is "Finding Help Finding Hope" is all about access to these care services – what resources are available and how they can be found. For the first time all of you are invited to participate in the onstage discussion online during the Awareness Day Live! Webcast. If you’d like to get involved in the conversation, here is how:
·       Attend the free Event:  
May 5th, 7:00pm EST
The George Washington University School of Media & Public Affairs’ Jack Morton Auditorium
805 21st St NW, Washington, DC 20052
·   For those who cannot be present in person can watch live via Awareness Day Live!:
·       Tweet to join the conversation: Send questions, insights or ideas using #HeroesofHope

I hope all of you reading this will be able to discern this blog post as an opportunity to learn about children's mental health and also to seize the opportunity to spread the message to your circle of connect. Hoping this post will spill in to a domino effect to help the needy and deserving.

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Disclaimer: This post has been written with a lot of passion and concern. Thank you Faith James from Vanguard Communications for the nudge :)


  1. Have you seen any child who is suffering from mental illness ? I have met a child, he is so cute but he takes time to understand things or what we said to him. I have discussed with his doctor and he said that the child will be fine but he takes time to be like a normal child. Mental health in children is very important and you have to take care of your child’s mental health otherwise it can lead to any serious condition.

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