National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day: Project ABC Provides Materials to Support Children's Mental Health
Being a parent or guardian is one of life's most demanding roles. Those caring for very young children with mental health challenges face a variety of hurdles, one of which is knowing where to turn for the services these children need.
Project ABC's materials include (click here to access these publications):
- 'My Feelings' Activity Book, for preschoolers
- What is Infant Mental Health? Why is it Important?, a booklet
- Relationships Matter, campaign posters
- Training Guidelines and Personnel Competencies for Infant-Family and Early Childhood Mental Health
"National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day provides an important opportunity to show how children and youth with mental health needs -- as well as their families -- thrive when they have the right supports and services available," said Dr. William Arroyo, principal investigator of Project ABC and medical director of Child, Youth and Family Administration of the Department of Mental Health. Dr. Arroyo is an alternate Commissioner for First 5 LA.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSA) reports that in 2006, 21 percent of youth ages 12 to 17 received treatment or counseling for emotional or behavioral problems. Project ABC addresses this by ensuring that children birth to 5 years old have access to family-centered, strength-based and culturally competent mental health services.
Project ABC is a collaboration between the Children's Institute, Inc., the University of Southern California - University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities at Children's Hospital Los Angeles, the Los Angeles County Department of Child and Family Services and the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health. Project ABC is funded through the SAMSA.
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