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Register Now for the Children’s Mental Health Awareness Walk and Rally on May 14

Friday, May 6, 2016
"It’s Time to Let Help In" Campaign Features Youth Voices to Combat Stigma

Washington, DC—Registration is open for the Children’s Mental Health Awareness Walk and Rally on Saturday, May 14, 2016 at The first 50 youth to register will receive a $10 iTunes gift card. May is national Mental Health Awareness Month. Sponsored by the District of Columbia Department of Behavioral Health, the Walk and Rally raise awareness about the importance of paying attention to children's mental health.

The Walk starts at 10 am at the Eastern Senior High School football field, 1700 East Capitol Street NE—check-in starts at 8:30 am.  The scenic route goes down Pennsylvania Avenue, across the Anacostia River, through one of DC’s most beautiful neighborhoods, and ends at  the Hillcrest Recreation Center, 3100 Denver Street SE.

A carnival-style rally starts at 12 noon. The day is packed full of fun, entertainment and special attractions for children. Community based organizations are on hand to provide information about available services. 

"Helping young children and their parents or caregivers manage social and emotional difficulties early in life may prevent more severe, harder to treat illnesses,” said Tanya A. Royster, MD, Director of the Department of Behavioral Health. " Half of all lifetime cases of mental illness begin by age 14. We want people to know that effective treatment is available.”

The Walk and Rally kick off a new youth led campaign called “It’s Time to Let Help In” that allows young people to talk about mental health in their own voices and dispel common fears or myths that keep far too many people from seeking help. For more information, go to

To talk to a mental health counselor or to find a mental health provider located near you, call the Access Helpline at 1-888-7WE-HELP (1-888-793-4357) 24 hours a day.
Other sponsors of the Walk and Rally include  the Office of the State Superintendent of Education; DC Public Charter School Board; DC Public Schools, District of Columbia Child and Family Services Agency; DC Housing Authority;  and the Department of Youth Rehabilitative Services.
Closest Metro at the walk origin: Stadium-Armory
Closest Metro at the Rally and bus lines to each station:
* Anacostia, Congress Heights, Naylor Road, and Southern Avenue Stations
* To Anacostia W3, W4, W6, and W8
* To Congress Heights W4, and 92
* To Naylor Road F14, 30N, 34, and 36
* To Southern Avenue 30S, 32, A32, W2, W3, and W4