Kids, families focus of awareness day

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LEWISTON – Today, many communities across the nation will celebrate National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day through activities using the theme, “Thriving in the Community.”

Gov. John Baldacci has issued a proclamation in honor of the observance, and the event is being observed locally by Tri-County Mental Health Services with a reading and poster contest for children and families at the Lewiston Public Library. The activities will begin at 3:30 p.m.

Reading books on topics related to children’s mental health and a poster contest on the theme will take place. School-aged children and family members are invited. For more information, call Brianne at 783-9141, ext. 242, or the library at 784-0135.

Focusing on its ground-breaking work to develop a “Trauma-Informed System of Care” for children with severe emotional disturbances, Tri-County has also offered informational tool kits for public libraries to share with their communities.

The kits contain a resource list of books for children from grade school to high school that address the issues of mental health, free bookmarks for children, youth and families, and other resource information.

Tri-County Mental Health Services deals with the psychological and social well-being of children, adults and elders, serving more than 6,000 individuals each year with innovative programs and services addressing mental health, substance abuse, mental retardation/developmental disabilities and autism. It serves Androscoggin, northern Cumberland, Franklin and Oxford counties.

For information about Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day, call 783-9141, ext. 242, or visit www.tcmhs.org.

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