Saturday, May 11, 2013

Take the Hero of Hope Pledge!

Since 1949, May has been officially recognized as Mental Health Month. The first Thursday in May is celebrated as Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day, to raise awareness about the importance of children's mental health and that positive mental health is essential to a child's healthy development from birth. 
Take the hero of hope pledge
Mental Health Awareness
Over the next week, the Partnership for Early Childhood Mental Health, (which includes the Executive Office of Health and Human Services, the Department of Public Health and the Boston Public Health Commission) invites all state employees to take a pledge to nurture a child’s social and emotional development. Enter your pledge and state email address at, in the “for families and friends” section, and you will be included in a raffle to win an Early Childhood Mental Health Matters t-shirt.

Why take the Hero of Hope Pledge
Early childhood mental health means that young children are growing in their ability to understand and share feelings, have close and positive relationships, and explore and learn. Studies show that good social and behavioral skills in young children lead to good academic performance in the 1st grade and beyond.

 Read the full post on the Commonwealth Conversations, Health and Human Services website here

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