Dept. of Health and Human Services

National Runaway Prevention Month: Ten Years of 'Making the Connection'

Each year, thousands of U.S. youth run away from home, are asked to leave their homes, and / or become homeless for a variety of reasons leaving many young people without a safe place to stay. They sleep on the streets, in cars or on their friends’ couches.

May is National Mental Health Month

Mental Health Month raises awareness of trauma and the impact it can have on the physical, emotional, and mental well-being of children, families, and communities.

National Foster Care Month

May is National Foster Care Month, a month set aside to acknowledge foster parents, family members, volunteers, mentors, community members, child welfare professionals, and policymakers who help children and youth in foster care find permanent homes and connections.

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Awareness Month

June is Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Awareness Month. Recently, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary, Kathleen Sebelius, gave a statement on the importance of this challenging and debilitating condition.

National Drug Facts Week

National Drug Facts Week (NDFW) is a health observance, held this year from January 28th to February 3rd, for teens that aims to shatter the myths about drugs and drug abuse.  Through community-based events and activities on the Web, on TV, and through contests, the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), within the National Institutes of Health (NIH), is working to encourage teens to get factual answers from scientific experts about drugs and drug abuse.

New CDC Web Page Responds to Teens’ Need for Positive Messages and Complete Information to Prevent Teen Pregnancy

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently launched a new Web page, designed with input from teens to motivate teens to make healthy choices around sex by providing empowering messages on specific actions teens can take to prevent teen pregnancy.

Media-Smart Youth Teen Leaders Program

The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development is accepting applications from teens and young adults ages 15-20 for its Media-Smart Youth® Teen Leaders Program.

National Child Abuse Prevention Month

Learn how you can raise awareness about child abuse and neglect and create strong communities to support children and families to help prevent child abuse during Prevention Month in April and throughout the year. Visit the 2011 National Child Abuse Prevention Month website for resources and strategies on engaging communities and supporting families. The site features:

National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day 2010

National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day (Awareness Day) 2010 is a day for everyone to promote positive youth development, resilience, recovery, and the transformation of mental health services delivery for children and youth with serious mental health needs and their families. Awareness Day raises awareness of effective programs for children's mental health needs; demonstrates how children's mental health initiatives promote positive youth development, recovery, and resilience; and shows how children with mental health needs thrive in their communities.

National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day is May 3, 2011!

National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day is a key strategy of the Caring for Every Child's Mental Health Campaign (the Campaign), which is part of the Public Awareness and Support Strategic Initiative by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.