Public Awareness

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 300 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! 

MCF’s Taking Flight encourages hands-on participation as it shares its young adult art project, Body of Art, during 2015 Awareness Week events.

Jenna, a student at the Jefferson School at Finan Center in Cumberland, Md., pictured with the 2015 campaign poster which features her artwork.

Three adults hold quilts

Gratitude quilts, created by students from Hyattsville Elementary School, Edward M. Felegy Elementary School, and Rosa L. Park Elementary School, are presented to the Hyattsville City Council as part of Children's Mental Health Awareness Week.