2016 Awareness Day Final Report - Page 3

Major Highlights included a special edition of SAMHSA’s web-based technical assistance program, Knowledge Network for Systems of Care (KSOC-TV), an Awareness Day Live! event, as well as Twitter chats hosted by national collaborating organizations. As in previous years, more than 1,100 communities, states, tribes, and territories, as well as 150 national collaborating organizations and federal partners, conducted events such as health fairs, educational forums, art exhibits, and social networking campaigns as part of Awareness Day. By working together, these groups demonstrate that children and youth with behavioral health challenges can improve their health and wellness; lead productive, self-directed lives; and reach their full potential. To inspire momentum in the months leading up to Awareness Day, SAMHSA took KSOC-TV on the road in early 2016. On Saturday, January 9, SAMHSA partnered with NBC4 to host a special webcast, “Finding Help, Finding Hope: What to Do If You Think Your Child May Have a Mental Health Problem,” at NBC4’s Health and Fitness Expo in Washington, DC. NBC4 Anchor Doreen Gentzler, host of the Awareness Day 2015 national event, moderated a panel discussion in which the audience heard from youth, parents, and behavioral health providers. The panelists also discussed how families can connect to community-based services and supports if they think their child, youth, or young adult may have a mental, emotional, or behavioral disorder. Members of the in-person audience at the Washington Convention Center had the opportunity to ask questions and share their own experiences. Panelists also identified resources that can support the entire family, including SAMHSA’s Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator. The Awareness Day webcast was taped and posted on www.samhsa.gov/children for on-demand viewing. On May 5, 2016, the Awareness Day 2016 “Finding Help. Finding Hope.” national event, held at The George Washington University’s Jack Morton Auditorium, took audiences back to the basics to increase understanding about children’s mental health needs, as well as the services and supports that are available to meet those needs. The event featured three panel discussions addressing access to community-based behavioral health services for children, youth, and young adults with mental and substance use disorders and their families. Awareness Day Live! was an interactive experience that provided an opportunity for individuals and communities to view the live national event webcast and join the onstage discussions by asking questions of the panelists and sharing insights through a variety of digital platforms. Using the hashtag #HeroesofHope, people from all over the country shared perspectives, ideas, and questions through social media. As of September 16, there have been more than 1,600 webcast views. For more Awareness Day digital content, check out the day’s Storify. 2016 FINAL REPORT 3