Have you heard of selective mutism? About 7 in 1,000 children and adolescents suffer from this severe anxiety disorder. Children, teenagers and adults with selective mutism (SM) are usually comfortable speaking to family members and close friends in private settings, such as home or an empty classroom; but when their anxiety is triggered, they are unable to speak to other people such as teachers and classmates, or to family members in public places, like schools or shops, where they might be overheard.
The Selective Mutism Association of China (SMAC) is a non-governmental organization founded in 2018 by a parent of a child who had overcome selective mutism, along with several professionals and volunteers. Our goal is to spread knowledge about selective mutism, raise public awareness, and enable people with SM and their families to obtain the right help in a timely manner.
The logo of SMAC is a phoenix, symbolizing nirvana, or rebirth by fire. We hope all people suffering from SM will break free from their silence like the phoenix and let out their beautiful voices!