Wednesday, May 9th marks the 7th Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA.)

This year “Heroes of Hope” will be celebrated and honored. By “Heroes of Hope” we mean all adults who help develop resilience in youth and demonstrate it within themselves. This can be accomplished through many different ways, but fundamentally the process of maintaining long term stable and positive relationships creates a platform for connection.

These kinds of relationships help increase well being and helps develop the skills necessary to live life successfully in an emotionally and behaviorally healthy manner.

The importance of starting early by building strong attachments is essential to the development of lifelong connections and positive influence. This is the power that can make a difference and be the change in a child’s life.

Youth Health Connection (YHC) has been collaborating with the Plymouth County District Attorney and SADD in a pilot program, South Shore FACTS: Families, Adolescents & Communities Together against Substances.