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SAMHSA Honors Goldie Hawn, Youth Across the Country in Celebration of National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day
Date:5/8/2009

Hawn, Sabrina Bryan, Solomon Trimble, and more than 40 mental health and child-serving organizations join SAMHSA to increase awareness of children's mental health

WASHINGTON, May 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Eight young performers living with mental health challenges from across the country joined child advocate Goldie Hawn last night for a celebration of resilience. The event was part of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA) "HEAR ME NOW: A Celebration of Resiliency through the Performing Arts" commemoration of National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day, which took place at the Harman Center For the Arts in Washington, D.C.

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Hawn received the SAMHSA Special Recognition Award for her work to increase public understanding of the role mental health plays in the total well-being of children and youth through her non-profit foundation, The Hawn Foundation. SAMHSA presented the award at the national Awareness Day event that was co-hosted by Twilight's Solomon Trimble and Disney's The Cheetah Girls' Sabrina Bryan.

National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day is SAMHSA's annual demonstration of collaboration among numerous and diverse individuals, organizations, and agencies in the public and private sector working to provide greater access to community-based mental health services for children and youth with serious mental-health needs and their families.

"National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day offers an opportunity to raise broader awareness about the importance of social and emotional well-being in youth," said acting SAMHSA Administrator Eric Broderick, D.D.S., M.P.H. "The performers last
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