2016 Awareness Day Final Report | Page 14

The Awareness Day 2016 message “Finding Help. Finding Hope.” reached new audiences and communities because of the hard work of SAMHSA’s national collaborating organizations, including Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health, The Open Table, 4-H, and the National PTA, among others. In addition, NBC4 engaged its NBC Universal sister stations in livestreaming the national event webcast. NBC4 morning anchor Aaron Gilchrist served as the national event host and shared special Awareness Day messages via Twitter. Engaging National Collaborating Organizations AND THEIR AUDIENCES 14 Finding Help. Finding Hope. The American Art Therapy Association held an art exhibit in the Jack Morton Auditorium lobby before the national event, highlighting the significance of art therapy in children’s mental health. Graduate students from The George Washington University, as well as clinicians from the Potomac Art Therapy Association, represented the profession by handing out promotional materials and speaking to guests about the importance of art therapy in Awareness Day efforts. The American Psychological Association provided child psychologists to serve as subject-matter experts within child psychology to field questions from audience members, both in-person and online.