The nation’s attention is now focused on Maryland as the home of the most recent school shooting. Today, at least three students were injured at Great Mills High School in St. Mary’s County. As the story continues to evolve in the media, parents are faced with the difficult decision of what to say to our kids.
The reality is that there is no one way to have this conversation and we don’t always even have to have the conversation. Click here for a few thoughts about addressing the topic with children from the Mental Health Association of Maryland’s blog.

The Children’s Mental Health Matters Campaign is a collaboration of the Mental Health Association of Maryland (MHAMD) and the Maryland Coalition of Families (MCF) with support from the Maryland Department of Health – Behavioral Health Administration.

Join the 2018 Campaign! Schools and Community organizations please partner with us!

The Campaign goal, with community and school champions across the state, is to raise awareness of the importance of children’s mental health. Each year, we celebrate Children’s Mental Health Matters! with over a week of events, workshops, media, outreach and other awareness raising activities.

Campaign Poster for the 2018 Children’s Mental Health Matters Campaign!
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Check out all the Poster Submissions for 2018!


past campaign highlights

The Children’s Mental Health Matters! Campaign has compiled its 2017 Wrap Up. View it here.  


2017 Children’s Mental Health Awareness Flash Mob

2016 Children’s Mental Health Awareness Flash Mob

2015 Children’s Mental Health Awareness Flash Mob

Children’s Mental Health Matters 2015 Campaign Featured on Maryland Spotlight

Dr. Albert Zachik and Young Adult Advocate Erica Snow discuss the Children’s Mental Health Matters Campaign on Maryland Spotlight.

Children’s Mental Health Matters – Dr. Lillian Lowery

Dr. Lowery encourages Maryland schools to become School Champions during the 2015 Campaign.

2014 Children’s Mental Health Awareness Flash Mob

Children’s Mental Health Matters – Dr. Lillian Lowery

Dr. Lowery encourages Maryland schools to become School Champions during the 2014 Campaign.