The Nassau County Family Support System of Care (NC-FSS), and Long Island Families Together (LIFT), have joined together to raise public awareness about the importance of promoting positive mental health, emotional well being and social development for children and youth of all ages. LIFT receives its funding through the Nassau County Office of Mental Health, Chemical Dependency, and Developmental Disabilities Services (NCOMHCDDD).

In observance of the Federal Sponsored Awareness Day, over 1,000 communities across the country participate in events to raise awareness about the importance of children’s mental health. This year, Awareness Day focuses on building resiliency in children and youth struggling with the effects of trauma.
To celebrate Awareness Day locally, NC-FSS and LIFT will host a carnival on May 12, 2012 at The United Methodist Church of Hempstead at 40 Washington Street from 1-4 pm. Featured entertainment includes: drum circles hosted by Mike Veny, an accomplished NYC drummer; performances by NYC contortionist, Elaina Royter; and music by Hottracxs Entertainment, which is being sponsored by The Regan Agency, in Babylon, NY.

"Awareness Day is an opportunity for us to celebrate the positive impact that we can have when we are able to integrate importance of mental and emotional health into all aspects of our children’s lives," says Susan Burger, NC-FSS Co-Project Director & LIFT Executive Director. "One of the primary goals for Awareness Day is to highlight the supports and services that are available to families in Nassau County who are concerned about their child’s mental health. Research has shown that with the help of caring adults working together with informed service providers, young people can recover and go on to live happy and productive lives."
For professional and other resources, or to find out more information about NC-FSS and Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day, visit LIFT’s web site:
Long Island Families Together is a parent-governed, youth-guided, 501c3 not-for-profit organization created to raise awareness about children's mental health services on Long Island, and across New York State.

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