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SAMHSA Celebrates National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day By Recognizing Youth for Their Resiliency
Date:5/8/2008

Keke Palmer, Marc Indelicato, Herschel Walker and 35 non-profit and professional organizations joined SAMHSA to increase awareness of children's mental health

WASHINGTON, May 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Seven youth from the Washington Metropolitan area were recognized today by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) during National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day at the Lincoln Theatre in Washington, D.C., for their ability to express their resilience through the performing arts.

The awards were part of a talent showcase co-hosted by Akeelah and the Bee's Keke Palmer and Ugly Betty's Marc Indelicato, featuring performances by youth from the Duke Ellington School of the Arts in the District and Manassas Park High School in Virginia. An award-winning group of high school seniors in San Francisco, Team Liquid from Phillip and Sala Burton Academic High School, also performed at the event via live satellite.

At the same time, SAMHSA launched Dare to Dream America -- a new initiative encouraging youth to promote positive mental health among their peers. It also released a report which shows that comprehensive, community-based programs can help high school youth with mental health needs succeed at home, in school and in the community.

The performances illustrated the power of the performing arts for helping youth who have experienced mental health challenges to thrive at home, in school and in the community. Performing youth sang, danced, or recited spoken word performances, communicating their personal stories about resiliency.

"National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day creates an opportunity to highlight the amazing success stories of children with mental health needs and their families and to demonstrate the positive difference comprehensive community-based programs can make," said SAMHSA Administrator Terry Cline, Ph.D.

The report shows that youth with behavioral a
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