Children's Mental Health Awareness Day - 2006
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May 2006

Monday, May 8, 2006 - National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day will be a day on which The Children's Partnership, The CYMHPP, the CAN, and the initiatives and programs that partner with these, promote resilience, recovery, and the transformation of mental health services delivery for children and youth with serious mental health needs and their families.

The goals of National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day 2006 are to raise awareness of effective programs for children's mental health issues; to demonstrate how children's mental health initiatives promote recovery and resilience; and to show how children with mental health needs thrive in their communities.

We celebrate Children's Mental Health Awareness day as an "act of local partnership"; and feature data that illustrates how children and families in children's mental health initiatives are thriving at home, at school, and in their communities. (The data shows that the activities of partner organizations/agencies/initiatives are transforming mental health by fostering resilience, thereby helping to ensure that recovery is possible.)

The theme for National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day 2006 is "Thriving in the Community." The overall message of National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day 2006 is: Children and youth with mental health needs and their families are thriving in the community. Children's mental health initiatives promote prevention, recovery, and resilience for children and youth with serious emotional disturbances and their families.

It is a goal of The Travis County System of Care to transform the mental health service delivery system for children and youth with mental health needs and their families.

May activities included:

Event at the South Plaza of Austin City Hall on May 8th from 10:30am to 11:30am. With Mayor Wynn and former Mayor Gus Garcia. Children's Mental Health FAQ was released w/key statistics relating to children's mental health in Central Texas. Family partner, Deborah Rosales-Elkins, introduced a youth performance "Southern" highlighting our youth "thriving in our community." art display was held inside City Hall.

Other activities: Green Ribbon Campaign; Public Awareness Campaign via local media; State of Texas, Travis County and City of Austin proclamations; Educational awareness via bookmark campaign, & Resource fair.