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#ISPEAKUP for Children’s Mental Health because….

Posted:  -  By: Ashley Airington

In honor of Mental Health Awareness month, ¬†the Campaign for Children’s Mental Health is teaming up with the Child Mind Institute to highlight children’s mental health.

Joining more than 100 national organizations, we will work to address the stigma and misinformation around issues of children’s mental health. Through the¬†Speak Up for Kids¬†campaign, we hope to bring children’s mental health the attention it truly deserves. Will you join us?

Over 15 million American children have a psychiatric or learning disorder, and less than half of them get help. We are all affected, yet we have a long way to go before mental health and learning differences are talked about as openly as physical health. YOU can help break the cycle just by speaking up!

¬†Tell us why you speak up for children’s mental health awareness month by joining the #ISpeakUp Selfie campaign!¬†Taking a selfie is fun and, more importantly, impactful. The #ISpeakUp selfies appearing on Facebook and Twitter convey powerful messages of hope, health and healing. Here is how you can join:

1. Download and print the¬†#ISpeakUp for children’s mental health sign here.

2. Fill in why you speak up for children’s mental health: “I believe treatment is effective” “Every child deserves the support they need to thrive” “No child deserves to experience stigma”, etc. and pose for a pic.

3. Send your picture to ashley@vakids.org and we will post it on our Campaign for Children’s Mental Health website, twitter feed, and Facebook page.¬† ¬†If you post it to your FB or twitter accounts, please use the hashtag #ISpeakUp and include @vakids

Together we can help kids who struggle today, and ensure that every tomorrow is a brighter one for children with psychiatric disorders. All we have to do is Speak Up.

Look out for the latest #ISpeakUp Selfies on all of our social media accounts.

 

 

 

 

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