Governor Henry McMaster Proclaims May 2021 as Children’s Mental Health Month

What is CMHM?


The National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health declares the first full week in May as National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week. The Federation of Families of SC has expanded this campaign to the full month of May. Children’s Mental Health Month is dedicated to increasing public awareness about the triumphs and challenges in children’s mental health.



A look back at previous awareness day activities



A look back at previous awareness day activities



A look back at previous awareness day activities

Project AWARE Photo Contest Winners

One of the goals of Project Aware (Advancing Wellness & Resiliency in Education) is to increase awareness around the importance of student wellness. FFSC launched a photo contest for students in the 3 school districts (SD) under Project AWARE. We encouraged all students from across the districts to submit a photo reflecting the theme “Capturing Wellness”.

Anderson SD 2: Belton-Honea Path High

Artist: Leanna Elrod
Caption: Blowing bubbles is one of the best relaxing activities to calm anxiety.

Florence SD 1: Greenwood Elementary School

Artist: McKenna Clark
Caption: “Bee Grateful”

Florence SD 1: McLaurin Elementary School

Artist: Thomas Perdue
Caption: I’ve enjoyed picking strawberries for my elderly family members. It has made me feel happy and good. Plus I’ve enjoyed the sunshine as well!

Florence SD 1: Woods Road Child Development Center

Artist: Caroline White
Caption: Caroline White, 4, maintains wellness by spending some time in nature each day.

Sumter School District: Kingsburg Elementary School

Artist: Carlos Ybarra
Caption: Jump into Wellness. This is a Fifth grade student. Carlos Ybarra. Sometimes he has so much excitement he just has to flip backward in the air! In this moment his mind is happy and free! What makes this more fun is that he was just outside at recess and didn’t know he would do this and captured it! 

Sumter School District: Ebenezer Middle School

Artist: Anika Tarpen
Caption: Artistic relaxation 

Sumter School District:
Sumter High School

Artist: Leala Ramsey
Caption: Wherever you go, go with all your heart!

Project COPE Photo Contest Winners

One of our goals of Project COPE (Counteracting the Onset of Psychosis Early) is to increase awareness to reduce the stigma of mental health. FFSC launched a Photo Contest for youth ages 10-25 to help encourage well-being. We encouraged all youth from across the seven counties under the Beckman Center to submit a photo to show us, and their peers, what brings them peace or a peaceful state of mind. Reflecting the theme “Photo Peace”.

Newberry County:
First Place Winner

Artist: Rashad Chapman
Caption: This shoe is a custom I had did during quarantine. The colorful look represents me in a degree. Each color is my favorite. I call it Chalupas, my nickname/title. The meaning is to walk your own path. Take chances wouldn’t. Have your own vibe with no embarrassment, with confidence. I chose the Air Jordan 1 because it represents “Greatest Of All Time”. To make a mark. Which I believe I will do. Maybe not now, but surely.

Newberry County:
Second Place Winner

Artist: Tatiana Ranzauri
Caption: Never Give Up 

Greenwood County:
Third Place Winner

Artist: Ebonee Freeman
Caption: One of the things that brings me peace is doing make up. It has always been my dream to become a makeup artist. Not only just become a make up artist I also want to have my own make up line. I want to be so magnificent that every race can come to me and i just make them look and feel beautiful. It makes me happy because I have family, friends and even strangers that look up to me to do their make up. I thank God that he gave me this talent and one day I will show the world what I can do with my talent!! 

Art Contest

The Art Contest is held yearly to celebrate Children’s Mental Health Month!
Below is a feature of our 2020 Children’s Mental Health Month Poster!

CMHM Art Contest

For the past 17 years, the SC Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week Poster has been a positive, creative outlet to raise awareness and help eliminate stigma that keeps children and youth from being identified and treated for their behavioral and or mental health needs.

The poster is designed using the winning art from this contest! A panel of judges will vote on a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place for artwork that best represents the slogan. The prizes are $100 for 1st, $50 for 2nd, and $25 for 3rd place.

We encourage classrooms and other groups of children and youth to share why they think children’s mental health matters and the need to focus on and talk about it more openly. The creation of the artwork is an opportunity to reflect on the importance of everyone’s emotional well-being and health as many students face issues such as bullying, isolation, and stigma.

Contact Information


Federation of Families of SC
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Columbia, SC 29210

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