Mental Health Month

May is Mental Health Month
Mental Health America is promoting their yearly campaign to help people better manage stress and major life challenges by taking actions to preserve and strengthen their mental health.

National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day – May 7th, 2009
Also called ‘Awareness Day,’ the focus is to increase public awareness about the importance of protecting and nurturing the mental health of young people.

The American Red Cross offers an educational tool called The Masters of Disaster® series to teach youth ages 5 – 14 the importance of preparedness while reducing fear of the unexpected. In addition to offering a section on hurricanes, this series includes three levels of activities in a section titled ‘In the Aftermath.’ As stated in the Background of this section, ”Young people are considered to be at the highest risk for emotional reactions and difficulties after a disaster.”