Today, Awareness Day Reminds Us There is Help and Hope

Discovering that a child or young adult has a mental health problem can, at first, be daunting. Discrimination toward people with behavioral health challenges can discourage families from speaking up and seeking care. This year’s National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day seeks to offer both help and hope to families experiencing mental and substance use disorders.

Awareness Day 2016: “Finding Help. Finding Hope.” is today, and tonight at 7 p.m. EDT in Washington, D.C., Vanguard is excited for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration’s 11th annual national event! We are setting up the stage, logging onto Twitter, and sharing the live webcast registration link with our friends and family.

Tonight, young adult and family leaders will join clinicians, educators, faith leaders and law enforcement officials to have an open discussion about increasing access to behavioral health care for children and youth. NBC4 Washington news anchor, Aaron Gilchrist, will act as the host and moderator. Reid Ewing, an actor from the ABC comedy “Modern Family,” will serve as the Awareness Day 2016 honorary chairman and share the story about his own mental health challenges.

We hope you’ll join tonight’s conversation. You can sign up to watch the live national event. Use the hashtag #HeroesofHope to share thoughts, questions and strategies for improving access to services and supports. We hope you will watch and join the online conversation!