Exciting activities took place all across Texas for National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day on May 9, 2012.
Check out creative works from youth across the state in the Department of State Health Services’ first Children’s Mental Health Awareness Creativity Contest.
Texas Panhandle Centers hosted the 3rd Annual Texas Panhandle Centers Children’s Services Carnival in recognition of National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day. Attended by child and adolescent service recipients and their families, it was a wonderful way to end the school year. As one child put it “This is the best thing we have done all year!”
Held a celebration of children and youth at the Texas State Capitol. Photo exhibits by Alamo Youth MOVE and winning entries to the Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day Creativity Contest were displayed.
The Children’s Partnership and the Child and Youth Mental Health Planning Partnership hosted free workshop for providers - Neurobiology of Attunement, Attachment, and Bonding presented by Dr. Arlene Montgomery.
Corpus Christi/Nueces County
Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day was publicized with a proclamation issued by Mayor Joe Adame at the Corpus Christi City Council meeting on May 8th and by County Judge Loyd Neal at the Nueces County Commissioner’s Court meeting on May 9th. On May 8th the Corpus Christi Hooks (the AA affiliate of the Houston Astros) helped raise awareness for Children’s Mental Health Day by offering half price tickets to that evening’s game to staff and consumers of the MHMR of Nueces County Youth Services Program. Staff and consumers participated in special activities during the game. MHMR of Nueces County Youth Services Program consumers submitted art work to the Children’s Mental Health Creativity contest. And an article on bullying was submitted to the local newspaper.
The El Paso County Department of Mental Health Support Services hosted a family picnic and health fair on May 9th. Find out more information. Youth performed skits on mental health and they held the grand opening of their new facility.
Rural Children’s Initiative and partners, including youth leadership groups (UTurn, Heroes of Hope & Health) and family run organization, Neighbor to Neighbor (N2N) sponsored the “SOC it to Stigma” campaign. Events included school contests, crazy sock days, education and resources provided to students. The week of activities wrapped up with a Community Health Fair and Cook-out, and Community Awareness walk followed by a balloon release, and a community Sock Hop street dance. They also announced the winner of the annual Champion of Hope Award.
The Texas Federation of Families co-sponsored a resource rally, festival and presentation with the Center for Health Care Services at The University of Texas at San Antonio for Awareness Day. Alamo Youth MOVE held a flash mob in downtown on May 5th and presented the Legislator of the Year award. The also held Guadapalooza 2012 in New Braunfels on June 3rd, a Texas music festival supporting children’s mental health.
Williamson County hosted a short ceremony in recognition of National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day on the Williamson County Historic Courthouse steps followed by a Resolution in Commissioners Court. The event featured a display of poetry and poster art from Williamson County youth who submitted entries to the state contest based on the theme, “What Mental Health Means to Me”. Two high school students from Williamson County spoke about their entries and more specifically on the importance of resilience and focus on recovery. Their presentations were followed by the keynote speaker, Dr. Regina Cavanaugh with Lone Star Circle of Care (LSCC) who talked about what parents and adults can do to be “heroes” to the children in their lives. This event was coordinated through the efforts of the newly formed Children and Youth Behavioral Health Subcommittee of the Williamson County Mental Health Taskforce — a subcommittee of school districts, private and non-profit organizations, public agencies and other stakeholders interested in improving the behavioral health of Williamson County children and youth.