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Communities Celebrate Children's Mental Health Awareness Week

Beth Hess - Thursday, May 25, 2017

Thanks to the efforts of more than 500 community and school champions, this year's Children's Mental Health Matters! Campaign raised awareness of the importance of children's mental health in communities across the state in May. 

Community activities included: “wear green” days; information-sharing at multicultural and resource fairs; school art projects and events; a youth panel at UMBC; flash mobs at UMBC and in Hyattsville; informational webinars; and much more.

Recognizing the importance of mental health awareness and the expressive power of art, on May 8 Maryland's First Lady Yumi Hogan hosted Celebrating Through Art: The First Lady's Mental Health Awareness Youth Art Display at the Lowe House Office Building in Annapolis. Students from across the state contributed artwork that expressed something which makes them feel mentally happy, healthy and/or hopeful. See photos from the event.   

Activities to raise awareness about the importance of children's mental health continue throughout the month of May and resources are available yearround. Visit www.childrensmentalhealthmatters.org to download materials and resources for your family, school or community. 

Contact us to join the campaign in 2018.

Thank you to the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene - Behavioral Health Administration for its support of the Campaign. 

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