National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day 2013

Exciting activities took place all across Texas for National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day. Here’s an overview:green ribbon

Mental health awareness fact cards were prepared for distribution by the Children’s Partnership in Travis County and Texas System of Care. The two-sided cards contain numerous compelling facts on one side and the sources on the back.

View or download the children’s mental health awareness card.



Photo Contest: Shine a Light on Children's Mental Health

People from all over Texas submitted photos, primarily on Facebook (like our page, if you haven’t already!), to raise awareness about the importance of children’s mental health. We used the photos to build a video set to the Brian Burns song, I’ve Been Everywhere in Texas. It was a lot of fun and we’re so thankful for everyone’s participation.

Please take a look at the video and then share it with friends, family and your network.


Children’s Mental Health Awareness Creativity Contest

DSHS creativity contest

DSHS hosted its 2nd annual statewide creativity contest to promote Children’s Mental Health Week.  Kindergarten through 12th grade students from all around Texas entered in three categories: Writing, Poster, and Video.

Take a look at the winning entries!


Austin Area


The Children’s Partnership in Travis County led the following proclamations:

City of Austin, May 9  (Austin City Hall)

City of Austin CMHAD proclamation 2013

Travis County Commissioners Court resolution, May 7

Travis County Commissioners Court CMHAD resolution 2013

Go Game!


May 9 (Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day)

At the intersection of wireless technology, the Amazing Race, Cranium, and Mission: Impossible, you’ll find the Go Game. Teams of 4-8 individuals played in honor of National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week. All proceeds benefited the Austin Child Guidance Center.

Learn more.


New Braunfels

Guadapalooza 2013, May 5

Sponsored by Texas Federation of Families for Childrens Mental Health, the Guadapalooza music festival took place on Sunday May 5th, 2013 at the beautiful RiverRoad Icehouse in New Braunfels, Texas. Held at one of New Braunfels’ premier live music venues, the event featured great vendors cold beverages, a river float and huge crowd all set on the banks of the Guadalupe River. Thanks to all who came out to sing along with some great Texas musicians and have a good time for a great cause.

Vist or view the poster for more information.


Tarrant and Four Neighboring Counties in North Texas

Hand in Hand/Mental Health Connection launched a public awareness campaign, called Recognize Trauma, designed to educate the public about trauma in children. The campaign included billboards, bus ads, movie ads, posters, brochures and first-responder cards designed to drive traffic to a new website on trauma. The site includes causes, symptoms, ways to help, evidence-based and promising practices, local trauma-informed services, links to other sites about trauma, and links to publications about trauma in children. An article has been submitted to Tarrant County Physician magazine and efforts will be made to supplement the campaign with media coverage of the issue.

Visit the Recognize Trauma website

Recognize Trauma website

In addition, Tarrant County Commissioners Court issued a proclamation on May 7 recognizing May 9 as Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day and encouraging the community to visit the website.

Visit the Recognize Trauma website.