Children's Mental Health Awareness Day - 2010
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May 2010

CYMHPP observed May 2-8 as Children’s Mental Health Awareness week, the goals focused on raising public awareness for effective programs addressing children’s mental health with a focus on building resiliency in the young child. We kicked off a week of activities in Austin, Rep. Elliott Naishtat unveiled artwork 5/3/10 at the Texas State Capitol, this art event was sponsored by the South Texas Art Therapy Association. The artwork, by Austin children, reflected the theme “my feelings are a work of art”, in support of the nationally selected theme. The artwork was displayed for public viewing May 3-9, 2010. Children were encouraged to use art as a way to openly express their feelings. The unveiling event was Monday, 5/3/10 in the South Central Gallery of the Texas State Capitol Extension. Representative Naishtat also presented a resolution from the Texas House of Representatives in honor of the occasion. A similar Proclamation was also held at Travis County Commissioners Court 5/4/11. A family event was held at Lucy Read Pre-K Demonstration School May 6, 2010 with more than 300 families in attendance for a total of approximately 1000 attendees. Special guest, State Representative Mark Strama, kicked off the event. The evening featured art work and art activities, along with early childhood activities encouraging positive family togetherness and nurturance. Additionally families received resources, food, games, and were entertained by the Lucy Read Pre-K children’s performances. KLRU television characters Clifford, Maya, & Miguel, along with the HEB Buddy, also provided entertainment. The event at Lucy Read Pre-K Demonstration School was a wonderful demonstration of community collaboration.