LOS ANGELES, Calif.–Councilman Bernard Parks led the City Council today in declaring May 20th “Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day in the City of Los Angeles,” with a focus on building resilience in children dealing with trauma.

“For too many of our city’s youth, trauma leads to serious psychological problems in childhood and in adulthood,” said Councilman Parks. “Left undiagnosed and untreated, trauma leaves our youth more vulnerable to substance abuse and depression. However, we know they can recover with the support of positive, caring adults who recognize early signs of trauma and seek assistance from community resources. Today we call on all Los Angeles to join the effort to build social and emotional well-being in our children and youth.”

Betsy Pfromm, president and CEO of Los Angeles Child Guidance, thanked Councilman Parks for his continued leadership in raising awareness about the importance of mental health for children and youth, and also thanked local business leaders in South Los Angeles. “As part of our community effort to raise mental health awareness in May, over 60 Figueroa Corridor Partnership businesses have posted signs at high traffic retail locations urging patrons to Praise A Child Today,” said Ms. Pfromm. “The Partnership’s support is a key element in building public awareness of daily ways to contribute to a child’s emotional well-being.” The Clinic is also making widely available free, bilingual “100 Ways to Praise A Child” refrigerator magnets through its website, www.lachild.org.