The first step to changing behavior is awareness. A conversation—a give and take between interested parties—can help raise that awareness and bring people to a common understanding.
SAMHSA is piloting Community Conversations as an important strategy to increase momentum and support important work already being done in the field to help children, youth and families thrive.
The Awareness Day Community Conversations are designed to increase adults’ knowledge about trauma and resilience among young people, as well as inspire adults to help these young people by becoming Heroes of Hope.
One important component of these conversations is to bring in those who have not previously been exposed to children’s mental health issues and to ultimately increase interest in children’s behavioral health issues across the country.
Source: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Available at: http://www.samhsa.gov/children/cc_home.asp