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Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day on May 5, 2016.

Miami-Dade County Community Action and Human Services Department (CAHSD) Head Start/Early Head Start (HS/EHS) joined more than 1,000 communities and national organizations across the country in celebrating the 2016 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day on May 5, 2016. This day seeks to communicate that positive mental health is essential to a child’s healthy development from birth. This year’s theme, “Finding Help, Finding Hope” explored how communities can increase access to behavioral health services and supports for children, youth and young adults who experience mental or substance use disorders.

In recognition of National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day, nine (9) CAHSD HS/EHS delegate agencies hosted a showcase of children demonstrating the Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL) Teaching Pyramid Model. The model is utilized by the program to enhance child mental health promotion, prevention and early intervention in the classroom. The showcase included classroom tours to highlight the positive social and emotional skills and practices which promote resilience. Activities emphasized emotional literacy, self-regulation and developing positive peer and adult relationship. The role that parents, teachers and other adults play in helping preschool children, from birth to age five, develop secure attachments that promote resilience was also highlighted.

Participating agencies included Catholic Charities South Dade, Easter Seals Jackson Dade; Haitian Youth at Lillie M. Williams, KIDCO V, LeJardin I, St. Albans Enrichment Center, YWCA Colonel Zubkoff, Miami Park Elementary and William A. Chapman Elementary and Our Little Ones. The event was supported by several community partners including Behavioral Aid Solutions, Bio Behavioral Go2Help Network, Center for Family and Child Enrichment, Chrysalis Health, New Horizons Community Health Center and Switchboard of Miami Family Counseling Services.

About HS/EHS.
CAHSD HS/EHS is the largest program in the region, providing comprehensive services to more than 7,000 income eligible children and their families. The program offers services and supports to families directly or through referral which enables them to thrive at home, at school, and in the community. For additional information, contact Carol Clarke, LCSW Supervisor at (786) 469-4683.

To request materials in accessible format, sign language interpreters, and/or any accommodation to participate in any County-sponsored program or meeting, please call Randy Hudgins, 786-469-4723 or email, [email protected], five days in advance to initiate your request. TTY users may also call 711 (Florida Relay Service).