Children’s Mental Health Matters! Campaign

1 in 5 children experience a diagnosable mental health disorder each year, yet only 20% are identified and receive treatment.

1 in 9 youth aged 13-18 experience a substance use disorder, yet only 7% receive services.

Throughout the year, MCF staff work in communities across the state to raise awareness about the importance of children’s mental health, substance use and resources available to families.

We also partner with the Mental Health Association of Maryland (MHAMD) to host the statewide Children’s Mental Health Matters! campaign during the first week of May.

The campaign, with more than 500 community and school-based partners across the state, aims to raise awareness of the importance of children’s mental health. Each year, Children’s Mental Health Matters! is celebrated with events, workshops, media outreach and other awareness-raising activities.

Materials and resources for your family, school or community are available year-round through the campaign's website at

Contact us to join the campaign! 

The featured artist for the 2021 Children’s Mental Health Matters! poster is Nick M., a student at Katherine Thomas School in Rockville. In this video, Nick shares his views on the importance of art and how it relates to children’s mental health.