What is CMHAW


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. This week is dedicated to increasing public awareness about the triumphs and challenges in children’s mental health and emphasizing the importance of family and youth involvement in the children’s mental health movement.



A look back at last year’s rally



A look back at last year’s rally….



A look back at last year’s rally….

Columbia Wave Fest

Garden of Hope


We have created ribbon and heart shaped signs that measure 24×24 inches and need to be decorated before we plant them in our garden at the statehouse. Our vision is that children, youth, family members, providers, advocates and all supporters of children’s behavioral health will decorate a sign for the garden.

Signs may be designed in memory of a loved one who waged a valiant effort towards recovery and wellness. Signs may also be decorated in celebration of someone living in recovery. The decorated signs will be attached to stakes and displayed in a covered garden for viewing on the statehouse grounds during our rally.

See our Awareness Ribbon

Art Contest


  • For the past 14 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.

Columbia Wave Fest


The Columbia Wave Fest is a community event that promotes wellness by connecting children, youth and families to available resources and fun activities!

Explore the Wellness Village which has vendors providing free services to include financial advice, haircuts, exercise instruction, health screenings, live entertainment, food and bouncy houses!

Live Music! Awareness Rally! Free Food! Health Screenings! Kids Zone!


Text Wave to 77453 for the latest updates!

Martin Luther King Jr. Park
Saturday, April 28
10:00 am- 2:00 pm


Information Packets

Contact Information


Federation of Families of SC
810 Dutch Square Blvd. Suite 486
Columbia, SC 29210

803-772-5210 – Office
866-779-0402 – Toll Free
803-772-5212 – Fax



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