A note from Director Lauren Fasig, PhD, JD

APA co-sponsorship of the national Speak Up For Kids campaign, and CYF committee and advocacy updates.

By Lauren Fasig, JD, PhD

The Children, Youth & Families Office has had a busy start to 2013. We are excited that APA is once again co-sponsoring the Speak Up For Kids campaign, which is organized by the Child Mind Institute, and includes a wide range of partners such as the National Association of School Psychologists, The National Association of Social Workers, SAMSHA, Sesame Workshop and Parents Magazine. The campaign was created in 2010 during National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week to provide the public with basic information about children’s mental health through talks in communities around the country. It has now developed into a month-long virtual campaign held during May to end the stigma and misinformation that prevent so many children from accessing services they may need.

This year, Speak Up For Kids will focus on barriers to mental health care experienced by children and their families. Speak Up For Kids has invited leaders from a broad range of professional disciplines, including psychology, to contribute to the conversation with streamed talks and roundtable discussions, videos and written pieces. 2013 APA President-elect, Nadine Kaslow, PhD, will provide APA’s own marquee webcast on suicide prevention. 

You can participate in this critical national conversation by hosting a viewing event for one or more of the live webcasts, and by sharing information with your community about the Speak Up For Kids effort.  Visit the Speak Up For Kids website for viewing guides, toolkits, resources and additional information.