Communities across the country observed May 2–8 as Children's Mental Health Awareness Week, raising public awareness for effective programs addressing children's mental health needs.
Kicking off a week of activities in Austin, Rep. Elliott Naishtat unveiled artwork displayed at the Texas State Capitol, sponsored by the South Texas Art Therapy Association. The artwork, by Austin children, reflects "My Feelings are a Work of Art," the nationally selected theme by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Children were encouraged to use painting and drawing as a way to openly express their feelings to others.
The unveiling ceremony took place Monday, May 3 at 11 a.m. in the South Central Gallery of the Texas State Capitol Extension, 2nd floor (see link to map below). Rep. Naishtat also presented a resolution and proclamation from the Texas House. The art exhibit was displayed for public viewing May 3-9.
CYMHPP also sponsored an event at Lucy Read Prekindergarten Demonstration School for over 300 students and their families. This event was in Honor of National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day, Thursday, May 6, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. with special guest State Rep. Mark Strama. The evening featured student artwork and art activities, early childhood activities encouraging family togetherness, resources, food, games, and Lucy Read Pre-kindergarten Children's performances. The event was well attended by parents, children, and extended families, along with community providers. KLRU shared their own Clifford, Maya, and Miquel characters with the children; the HEB buddy was also in attendance. Free books were distributed( English & Spanish) to promote reading and to build positive parent/child interactions.
Travis County Commissioners Court also had a proclamation in honor of Children's Mental Health Awareness Day and May as mental health month. The Post Now Campaign also raised awareness with simple messages sent via email and print.