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Pledge to

Raise awareness and challenge the stigma surrounding mental health

This pledge closed 12 months ago

How this will help

We are seeking change!  The goal is simple.  Raise awareness and challenge the stigma surrounding mental health.  

Take the pledge to spark a national conversation about MENTAL HEALTH! Be a leading voice in supporting children, youth and their families who deal with mental illness every day. 

Show your support and help raise awareness: 

     - Wear a green ribbon, especially during Mental Health Awareness month in May 

     - Read up on mental health challenges and the stigma associated with them.  There is a wealth of information and resources on the National Federation website.  www.ffcmh.org

     - Share the information you've learned with family and friends

     - Sign up to become a member of the National Federation of Families to receive updates and information www.ffcmh.org

Need a green ribbon?  We can help!  Just email us at [email protected] to receive your FREE green ribbon. 

"We have been trying for years to de-stigmatize the issue of mental illness, and we must continue to let our youngsters know that it is always ok to seek help.  I thank my colleagues for joining me in preventative efforts for the future of our children and elevating mental health to achieve parity with physical health." (Rep. Grace Napolitano) 

Almost 8.4 million US children ages 9 to 17, or one out of five children and adolescents, suffer from some form of mental, emotional, or behavioral challenges.  One-half of all mental illnesses begin by age 14, but only 1 in 5 children will have access to treatment or professional help.  Studies have shown that children with mental disorders experience problems in schools, with peers, and at home.  Providing early mental health treatment is critical to preventing further emotional and behavioral disorders (SAMHSA report).  


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