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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

night show that young people with mental health challenges can thrive in their community. SAMHSA studies show that access to comprehensive mental health services has incredible impact. Students are less likely to drop out of high school or receive school disciplinary action, and more likely reach higher levels of achievement after participating in systems of care programs."

More than 750 attendees enjoyed song, dance and recited spoken word performances by youth performers from SAMHSA-funded system of care communities which are networks of community-based comprehensive mental health services and supports that help children. The performances demonstrated the power of the performing arts in helping youth with mental health needs thrive at home, at school, and in the community.

Performers included Jasmine Flenoy from Cuyahoga Tapestry System of Care in Cleveland, OH; Max Health and Kristian Smith from 7 Generation in Los Angeles, CA; Marquee James and Mya Meriweather from Allegheny County System of Care in Pittsburgh, PA; Marquita Jones from San Francisco System of Care in San Francisco, CA; Eddie Ortiz from Columbia River Wraparound in Dalles, OR; and Sam Stache from Community Circle of Care in Dubuque, IA.

Communities across the country also observed the day with events, youth demonstrations, and social networking campaigns to raise awareness about the importance of children's mental health and the need for community-based children's mental health supports and services. More than 40 leading child- and youth-serving agencies and organizations joined SAMHSA in championing Awareness Day this year, speaking as a unified voice to support children and youth with mental health needs and their families.

For the first time, SAMHSA and the Mental Health Commission of Canada (established by current Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper) collaborated to raise awareness about children's mental health in celebr
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