Mary LambertPost submitted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Calling all Mary Lambert fans!

On Thursday, May 7, Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter and spoken word artist Mary Lambert will receive a special recognition award from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to mark the 10th anniversary of SAMHSA's National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day at the Lansburgh Theater in Washington, D.C.

Residents of the Washington, D.C. area are encouraged to register and attend! During the event, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary, Sylvia Mathews Burwell, will present Lambert, serving as Honorary Chairperson, with an award to recognize her efforts to promote openness about LGBT and mental health issues through her interviews and music.

“Growing up is difficult for anyone, but for those of us who experience mental disorders or childhood abuse, it can be especially challenging,” said Lambert, who co-wrote “Same Love” with Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, and also performed at the 2014 Grammy Awards. “As an artist living with bipolar disorder, there are days when it is an accomplishment just to get out of bed. The sooner we can be honest about our own experiences, the sooner we can focus on our own self-love and self-care.”

The national event, Strengthening Communities by Integrating Care, will demonstrate how the needs of children, youth, and young adults with mental or substance use disorders and their families are best addressed through integrated care – the systematic coordination of general and behavioral healthcare.. The event will showcase cutting-edge strategies for integrating behavioral health care with primary health care, education, and child welfare.

For more information about National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day, or to view the live webcast on May 7, visit http://www.samhsa.gov/children. Follow @samhsagov on Twitter to stay connected with the latest SAMHSA news and updates, and use hashtag #HeroesofHope to join the conversation about National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day.

SAMHSA is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA's mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities.  Visit SAMHSA.gov for more information.


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