Atlanta City Council and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Proclaim May 1st Strong4Life Raising Resilience Day

Marking the first day of Children's Mental Health Week, the proclamation highlights the importance of empowering caregivers with the skills and knowledge to raise healthy, safe, and resilient kids.

ATLANTA, GA (May 1, 2023)Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and Atlanta City Council Member Liliana Bakhtiari are proud to jointly declare May 1st “Strong4Life Raising Resilience Day.”

This proclamation reflects the greater mission of Raising Resilience, an initiative developed by Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta’s Strong4Life behavioral and mental health team to share tips and strategies to build resiliency in kids. Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta consistently ranks among the Best Children’s Hospitals in the nation, and has been the leading pediatric healthcare provider in the state of Georgia for over 100 years.

Strong4Life, the prevention arm of Children’s is made up of specialists providing education and awareness across four main pillars: obesity prevention, behavioral and mental health, injury and illness prevention and child protection.

“Every child is born with the capacity to become resilient, yet it’s up to us to raise our children with the knowledge, skills, and independence to process and overcome life’s challenges,” began Councilmember Liliana Bakhtiari. “Strong4Life’s mental and behavioral health experts are industry-leading in equipping families with the strategies and interventions for success,” she continued. “By teaching our young people to understand their feelings, develop coping skills, and interact with others in a healthy way, we encourage them to see challenges as opportunities for growth. I’m honored to stand behind this proclamation and join Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta’s Strong4Life team in this mission.”

First launched in early 2022, Raising Resilience empowers caregivers to prepare kids and teens with skills to cope with challenges, manage stress, and make healthy choices through an effective and medically backed collection of resources. The program provides access to resources, community activations with Atlanta youth- serving organizations and real-life stories of local families raising resilience in their day-to-day lives.

“We all have a part to play in supporting the mental health of our kids and teens. We champion this proclamation with gratitude for the city recognizing the importance of equipping our community with resources to build resiliency in every child,” says Marc Welsh, Vice President of Child Advocacy and Chief Diversity Officer at Children's.

For resources and more information, visit the Raising Resilience homepage.

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