WI Youth Invited to Enter Children’s Mental Health Awareness Poster Contest
Entries due March 27 for “My Feelings Matter” poster contest
MADISON - The Children’s Mental Health Matters Coalition announced today that entries are now being accepted for the 2017 My Feelings Matter poster contest, highlighting National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week in May.
“We want to bring children’s mental health to the forefront with this poster contest,” said Phyllis Greenberger, a key member of the Coalition. “Art offers children a creative outlet for their feelings and can help them deal with strong emotions, while offering the adults in their lives insight into how their children are developing socially and emotionally.”
According to the 2016 Wisconsin Office of Children’s Mental Health Annual Report, one in ten WI children qualify as having a Serious Emotional Disturbance and the WI youth suicide rate is almost 40 percent higher than the national rate. A clear need exists to normalize the discussion of children’s mental health and end the stigma and silence that often surrounds this issue. In last year’s contest, youth and teens across the state submitted over 200 posters addressing a variety of mental health experiences. These, and entries from past contests, serve to spur discussion of children’s mental health amongst contest participants and those who view the posters.
Preschoolers through high school students are eligible to participate and a prize is awarded to the winner in each age group. Entries must be postmarked by March 27, 2017. Members of the Children’s Mental Health Matters Coalition determine finalists in each age category and post finalists online in April at: http://wisconsinknowschildrensmentalhealthmatters.wordpress.com/. Winners will be selected by popular vote on the website and recognized at a Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day event May 4, 2017, at the Overture Center in Madison. This event is open to the community. Winning posters will be displayed at events and locations around the state to encourage children’s mental health awareness and discussion year-round.
For more information, visit: https://wisconsinknowschildrensmentalhealthmatters.wordpress.com/
Contact: Phyllis Greenberger
The Children’s Mental Health Matters Coalition is a collaboration of Wisconsin non-profits and state entities invested in supporting children’s mental health. For more information and resources to promote positive mental health for all children visit: https://wisconsinknowschildrensmentalhealthmatters.wordpress.com/