On Monday, May 6, Family & Children’s Services (F&CS) will join more than 1,100 communities across the country to raise awareness during the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day to highlight the importance of children’s mental health.
This day shines a national spotlight on the importance of caring for every child’s mental health and reinforces that positive mental health is essential for a child’s healthy development.
This year’s theme is “Suicide Prevention: Strategies That Work.” F&CS and SAMHSA will focus on the impact that suicide has on children, youth, young adults, families, and communities.
F&CS’s COPES (Community Outreach Psychiatric Emergency Services), a free and confidential 24/7 telephone crisis line and mobile crisis service, provides emotional support children and adults in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. COPES also work with family members, friends, schools, law enforcement and other professionals to ensure safe resolutions and intervention plans are put in place.
COPES also provides face-to-face help at home, school, work or in the community. The 24/7 COPES mobile response team specializes in crisis management through immediate crisis assessment, intervention, stabilization, follow-up and linkage to community resources and mental health care. If you or someone you know is in crisis, call COPES at 918.744.4800.