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Children’s Mental Health Awareness Month Event at the Diamond

What: A pre-game event to raise awareness about the importance of children’s mental health will be held before tomorrow’s Flying Squirrels game at The Diamond. The event is sponsored by the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS) and has been planned along with Virginia’s child-serving agencies.


Two hundred game tickets have been distributed to local families, youth and public officials concerned with children’s mental health. These individuals are also invited to attend a pre-game event to enjoy hotdogs and learn from exhibitors about children’s mental health, adolescent substance abuse, early childhood services and suicide prevention.


Also, speaking at the pre-game event will be Virginia Secretary of Health and Human Resources, William A. Hazel, M.D., and a local parent and youth.


Finally, a raffle will be held among the children attending the pre-game event and the child with the winning ticket will have the opportunity to throw the first pitch at the Flying Squirrels game.


When: Tuesday, May 7. Pre-game event is 5 – 6:30 p.m., with raffle between 5:45-6 p.m. and Secretary Hazel speaking at 6 p.m. The Flying Squirrels game time is 6:35 p.m.


Where: The Diamond, 3001 N Boulevard, Richmond, VA 23230. Pre-game event is being held in the Picnic Zone area of The Diamond


More:  The following exhibitors will be available at the event:

·         Virginia Home for Boys and Girls

·         Early Childhood Mental Health

·         River City Comprehensive Counseling

·         The Virginia Family Network

·         Voices for Virginia’s Children

·         St. Joseph’s Villa

·         United Methodist Family Services

·         United Way

·         Harbor Point

·         Virginia Department of Health Suicide Prevention

·         Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services




·         Approximately 100,000 Virginia children and adolescents (ages 9-17) have a serious emotional disturbance, with 66 percent of those exhibiting extreme impairment.

·         The month of May is recognized across the nation as Mental Health Awareness Month and in 2013, the week of May 5-11 is Children’s Mental Health Week to emphasize that positive mental health is essential to a child’s healthy development from birth through young adulthood.

·         DBHDS is focused on improving the care for Virginia’s youngest citizens and on supporting their families. This month gives us the opportunity to renew our commitment to:

o    Preventing emotional problems before they develop in children;

o    Intervening as early as possible with young children who may be at risk due to early childhood trauma and other developmental factors; and

o    Developing an interagency system of care that meets the needs of children with mental health and substance abuse problems and their families.

·         To learn more about Children’s Mental Health Awareness events during the month of May visit:



Available to citizens statewide, Virginia’s public behavioral health and developmental disabilities services system is comprised of 40 community services boards (CSBs) and 16 state facilities. DBHDS seeks to promote dignity, choice, recovery, and the highest possible level of participation in work, relationships, and all aspects of community life for individuals with mental illness, developmental disabilities or substance-use disorders.


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