Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week, May 5-11, 2013

Are you planning an event in your community?  If so let us know so that we can post it here:

Lexington County Event Hosted by Jan Cushman and Margaret Wingard

Community Forum  for Children’s Mental Health Awareness
May 9, 2013   6:30-8:00 PM
Lake Murray Baptist Church
1001 Highway 378 West
Lexington, SC 29072


Charleston County School District Event
May 9, 2013, 6-8pm
Speaker: M. Frampton Gwynette, MD
Board Room
Charleston County Administration Building
75 Calhoun Street

Charleston, SC 29401

Children’s Mental Health Awareness Fair!

Saturday May11th, Finaly Park 10am-2pm

It will be a day of fun with lots of vendors and activities so bring your family and friends and come have a good time.

If you are intersted in become a vendor, sponsor or volunteer please fill out the form below or call our office 866.779.0402

CMHAW 2013 Toolkit
CMHAW-13-Art contest
CMHAW-ART Release form
Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week Art Contest!
Please forward this information to any adult leaders of children and youth: child-serving agency staff, educators, youth organizations, faith communities, anyone working with youth.
 The annual art contest for the work to be used to design the Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week (CMHAW) 2013 Poster, is underway! This is a wonderful opportunity to provide information and have discussions with young people about mental/behavioral health issues. Awareness of the issues, will aid understanding with the hope of helping  to eliminate stigma that keeps many from seeking help. Mental/behavioral health can include discussions about mental health disorders that are very misunderstood, bullying as a result of behaviors that others don’t understand and the further harm that can be caused as a result, substance use and abuse is also a behavioral health issue that can cause mental health problems. Adolescents with undiagnosed or untreated mental health issues often turn to substances to relieve the emotional pain or deal with depression which only worsen as a result.
The winning art will be used to design the 2013 CMHAW poster for South Carolina. The winning group will be awarded a $100 cash prize! Deadline for artwork, November 30, 2012.
If you have questions please email! We look forward to your class or group participating!
Children’s Mental Health Facts:

20% of all adults and children will at some point have mental/behavioral health issues.

 10% will have frequent mental/behavioral health challenges.

 5% will have chronic mental/behavioral health problems.

 The third leading cause of death among youth is suicide.

For questions, please contact either:
Diane R. Flashnick, diane.flashnick@fedfamsc.org
Executive Director
Federation of Families of SC
810 Dutch Square Blvd., Suite 205
Columbia, SC 29210
803-772-5210 803-772-5212- Fax 866-779-0402- Toll-free  www.fedfamsc.org



  Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week Poster, 2013,

Art Contest


Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week, May 5-11, 2013

2013 Slogan:

 “Children’s Mental Health Awareness, Because ALL Kids Matter! “



Why do we have this competition?This art contest is held with the purpose of using the opportunity to educate and create awareness of the importance of identifying and treating mental/behavioral health problems in children and adolescents. 20% of children are directly impacted by mental health issues, many that are not addressed or treated. Mental wellness is necessary for good physical health. Mental health problems affect people from all ethnicities and socio-economic backgrounds. Almost everyone has friends or family members who need support. Education and awareness will help eliminate the stigma that keeps children from being identified and treated. With treatment and support all children can improve their ability to succeed. (Group leaders and teachers, go to website http://fedfamsc.org/cmh-week/2011-2/cmhw-2012-toolkit/ for children’s mental health facts. Samples of previous years posters under CMH Week tab.)


Children and youth can help others feel understood and supported, and create schools and communities where getting and giving help is a sign of courage!


If your class, or other group of children or youth, are interested in participating in the art contest, please make sure they follow the criteria below! The winning art work that best supports the 2013 slogan and is selected by online voting will win $100.



  1.  The slogan,“Children’s Mental Health Awareness, Because All Kids Matter”, does not have to be included in artwork, however artwork must support the slogan.
  2. The art may be created by a group/class or individual work, but the submission must be selected by the group. Only one entry per group.(The purpose is to have a group discussion about mental health to educate children/youth regarding mental health wellness. A discussion about the harm that can be caused by bullying would be an added benefit.)
  3. Use bright colors that will reproduce well on the poster. Artwork cannot be three dimensional or have parts that extend beyond the outside borders.
  4. Posters must be no smaller than 12”X16” and no larger than 24”X28”
  5. Artwork must include the following information on reverse side: name, school/organization, address, and contact inf. Include the signed release form, and a brief description of thought behind the poster.


Artwork must be submitted by November 30, 2012. To the following address: Federation of Families of South Carolina, 810 Dutch Square Blvd., Suite 205, Columbia, SC. 29210. For questions contact  866-779-0402.


Visit www.fedfamsc.org for examples of past CMHAW posters and information for discussions!


Online voting will take place January 2-15, 2013


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