2022 Children’s Mental Health Acceptance Month
Graphics & Content by Dylan Arrieta, Valentino Valdez, and the CMHA Planning Committee // May 22, 2022 (last updated)
Month: May | Week: May 1-7, 2022 | Day: May 5, 2022
In December of 2021, the Surgeon General issued an advisory highlighting the urgent need to address our nation’s youth mental health crisis further exposed by the COVID-19 pandemic. The advisory stresses the urgency of a new CHMA campaign message – that it’s time to move beyond awareness and into acceptance – for multiple reasons.
- To accept that 1 in 5 youth experiences a mental health challenge
- To accept that mental health challenges must be met with understanding and support
- To accept that bias and discrimination toward individuals who experience mental health challenges creates a barrier to seeking treatment – and it must be eliminated
- To accept that our youth are facing serious challenges ahead that need to be addressed
- To accept that the future wellbeing of our country depends on how we support and invest in the next generation
How you can take part
We encourage people to wear green in a show of support and recognition of Children’s Mental Health Acceptance. Green is the national color of mental health, representing acceptance, hope, strength, support, and encouragement for people who struggle with mental illness.
Participate in our social media challenge and win some cool prizes:
Beginning May 1, 2022, wear green and share how you take care of your mental health as part of our social media campaign.
Each social media post will count as an entry and multiple entries are allowed. We will draw a couple of winners every week in May. Winners will receive swag items sponsored and provided by the CMHA Planning Committee.
- Encourage your social media followers to talk about how they and their families, for example, take care of their mental health, by sharing a photo of yourself or posting a video. You can even print and fill out a sign to use in your post! See our weekly challenges below.
- Follow & tag @camhdhawaii and post with the following hashtags: #CMHA22 #CMHAW22 #MentalHealthTalkHI #KeikiMentalHealthMatters #MentalHealthWellness #HelpYourKeiki #HealthyWeLiveHawaii #HIDOEHereToHelp #ITYB
- You may also want to tag our partners and sponsors: @hawaiidoh @hawaiipublicschools @youthpartners808 @helpyourkeiki @mhahawaii @hawaiifamilies @cfshawaii @hiwomeninfilmmaking @kolohekaimusic
Downloadable Sign Templates & Virtual Backgrounds
Download our sign templates >> Printable Week 1 | Printable Week 2 | Printable Week 3 | Printable Week 4
Download our virtual background images >> Option 1 | Option 2 | Option 3 | Option 4 | Option 5 | Option 6 | Option 7
Join our in-person and virtual events.
See our events calendar below; you may click on it to download a copy. Please note that the CMHA Planning Committee is adding more events to the list.
*Please register in advance for the following events:
Catch us on TV!
See our TV appearances on KHON2 News Living808 or on Vimeo (below); you may click on the calendar to download a copy.
- Added to the schedule on 5/4/22: KHON2 News Wakeup2Day – Thursday, May 5, 2022 at 6:15 AM
Catch Dr. Scott Shimabukuro from CAMHD as he talks about what Children’s Mental Health Acceptance Month is all about.
Check out and share these exceptional mental health resources available to children, youth, and families.
- Help Your Keiki provides local resources regarding children’s mental health and evidence-based treatments.
- Here to Help supports student mental health and well-being through an array of school and community-based resources, cultivates safe and supportive environments, and ensures every student has what they need to thrive and reach their full potential.
- The National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health (NFFCMH) offers resources and activities to help families get involved throughout May.
- Mālama da Mind is a locally developed site for Hawai’i Island families, filled with great resources for families (regardless of location).
- Mental Health America of Hawaiʻi hosts an array of self-help tools and supports for individuals of all ages.
- For free, 24/7 crisis support, text ALOHA to 741741 to reach a crisis counselor via Crisis Text Line or call Hawaiʻi CARES on Oʻahu (808) 832-3100 or toll-free +1 (800) 753-6879.
Led by the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Division, the Children’s Mental Health Acceptance Planning Committee dedicates itself to serving children and families and leading children’s mental health acceptance efforts in our islands. Participating organizations include: Adult Mental Health Division (AMHD), CAMHD Safe Spaces Committee, Center for Cognitive Behavior Therapy University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, Child and Family Service, Community Children’s Councils, Hawaiʻi State Department of Education, EPIC ʻOhana, Evidence-Based Services, Hawaiʻi Women in Filmmaking, Hawaii Families as Allies, Help Your Keiki, Mental Health America of Hawaiʻi, and Sutter Health Kāhi Mōhala.
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Public Information Specialist
Child and Adolescent Mental Health Division
Phone: (808) 733-9346
Email: [email protected]
PDF: Official Press Release (released May 2, 2022)
PDF: CMHA22 FAQs
PDF: CMHA22 Proclamation (Governor)
PDF: CMHA22 Proclamation (C&C HNL)
PDF: CMHA22 Proclamation (Hawaiʻi County)
PDF: CMHA22 Proclamation (Kauaʻi County)
PDF: CMHA22 Proclamation (Maui County)
Last reviewed on October 24, 2022