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May 2, 2012

May 7: "Speak Up For Kids" Event

Mental Health Awareness WeekIn honor of Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week (CMHAW) observed nationally this year from May 6-12, the Charleston County School District (CCSD) and the Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health of South Carolina—as well as other state and local partners—have partnered to organize a “Speak Up For Kids” event beginning at 7 p.m. on Monday, May 7, 2012 in the CCSD Board Room at 75 Calhoun Street in Charleston.

CMHAW brings awareness to the emotional, behavioral, and mental health needs of all children. This year, the focus of CMHAW is overcoming trauma. Children and adolescents, who experience trauma, if not addressed and treated, can have lifelong problems as a result. The US Department of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration reports that, “Children and youth who experience trauma display increases in stress hormones comparable to those displayed in combat veterans. With help from families, friends, providers, and others, children and youth can be resilient when dealing with trauma.”

The one-hour May 7th event is free and open to the public.  It is designed to bring awareness to the importance of good mental health in children and adolescents. Dr. McLeod Frampton Gwynette, Director of the Medical University of South Carolina’s Psychiatry Clinic will present on the topic “When Bad things Happen: Helping Children Cope With Traumatic Events.”

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