May 7th, National Child and Youth Mental Health Day, since 2007

May 7th is about having caring conversations and making connections between children, youth and caring adults in their lives. Caring connections enhance the mental health of children and youth and it is part of their overall health.

View our Be That Caring Adult video.


Thank you for your interest and activities planned for Child & Youth Mental Health Day.

“We are all family members, whether our family is natural, chosen, large or small, temporary or permanent, conventional or unconventional, resilient or fragile. Our experiences with family shape us.” (Families at the Centre – BC)


May 7, 2019 Impact

In the Community

  • Innovative way to wear our May7icare bracelets

  • 2 kids intertwined - through FamilySmart's iCare About You.

  • May 7th is National Child & Youth Mental Health Day. Having caring conversations and creating caring connections enhance the mental health of children and youth

  • Dr. Vanessa LaPointe and PiR, Nicole Tait.

  • A celebratory cake for the community of WhiteRock, Langley, Delta and Surrey This community welcomed over 60 parents to listen to Dr. Vanessa LaPointe speak about “When Big Feelings Make Life Hard: supporting kids towards emotional health”

  • The community of WhiteRock, Langley, Delta and Surrey welcomed over 60 parents to listen to Dr. Vanessa LaPointe speak about “When Big Feelings Make Life Hard: supporting kids towards emotional health”

  • FamilySmart’s May 7th icare about you logo

  • Georgia Park Elementary School in Courtenay, BC, welcomed FamilySmart to their school on May 7th, National Child & Youth Mental Health Day.

  • Hand-painted May 7 National Child & Youth Mental Health Day hand painted by Elaina, a young person in the community symbolizing healing qualities of connection and relationship.

  • Parent in Residence, Michelle Tait, along with her colleague Nicole Taylor hosted an event in their community of White Rock, Langley, Delta and Surrey featuring Dr. LaPointe.

  • Staff at Georgia Park Elementary School wearing icare about you t-shirts in support of National Child & Youth Mental Health Day.

  • FamilySmart’s partnership with MedicAlert and BC Children’s Hospital pilots a program to support kids with mental health challenges in times of crisis. For more information on this program and a link to FAQ’s

  • Students from Timberline Elementary School wearing icare about you t-shirts.

  • Led by Kidthink, a mental health treatment center and outreach program for children in Winnipeg, Manitoba, the city received a proclamation from the Ministry of Health, Seniors Living, Cameron Friesen at the Manitoba Legislative recognizing May 7th as National Child & Youth Mental Health Day. Everyone wore green in support of mental health.

  • The City of Kelowna proclaimed May 7th as National Child & Youth Mental Health Day. Thank you to the community of Kelowna for your support.

  • Wendy and her daughter celebrating National Child & Youth Mental Health Day. Wendy and her daughter made over 30 t-shirts for the staff of Georgia Park Elementary School.

  • The community of Mission celebrated May 7th with an informal information session and a welcoming cake.

  • Elaina, a youth in the Tri-Cities, hand-painted cookies for National Child & Youth Mental Health Day.

In the News

May 7th iCare Resources

Unfolding Conversation 2016
Unfolding Conversation 2017