Please save the date for our Mental Health Awareness Day Event on Thursday, May 8 from 1:00-2:00 PM at the Overture Center in Madison to celebrate the winners and promote children’s mental health with performances by area youth. To find out more: CMHA Day Invitation 2014
Thanks to the youth throughout the state who participated in the 2014 My Feelings Matter Poster contest. We had over 160 incredible entries. After a week of voting we had over 1300 visitors to the website 500 people viewed the poster finalists and over 3000 total votes on the poster finalists. Thanks to every one who participated and helped to spread the message that My Feelings Matter!
With no further ado, the community has selected these wonderful posters:
About This Toolkit
The Wisconsin Knows Children’s Mental Health Matters toolkit provides materials for communities throughout the state to use to promote the positive mental health of all their children. In this toolkit you’ll find the following resources to help you get started:
- Promote Social-Emotional Well-Being: On this page you’ll find basic tips for supporting children’s positive mental health and helpful links for more information.
- Energize Your Community: This page lists concrete activities that will help you develop a new project or adapt an existing project or event in your community that promotes positive mental health
- Maximize Your Impact: This page includes the following advocacy information to support your community’s efforts to promote positive children’s mental health:
- The Difference Between Advocacy and Lobbying
- Tips for Meeting with a Policymaker
- Tips for Writing to a Policymaker
- Tips for Working with the Media
- Support Families: This page provides a template for communities to use and customize based on their individual resources. It is not a resource guide, but a short list of resources portals/gateways where families and others can go to ask questions and find resources.
To make an impact at both the local and statewide levels, it’s important that communities use consistent and effective messages. The Frameworks Institute has developed communications tools that help in talking and writing about children’s mental health. Visit Talking About Children’s Mental Health to access talking points, frequently asked questions and more.
We all play a role in supporting positive mental health for all children in our community: from families to schools, from child care providers to businesses, all parts of our community have the opportunity to support positive mental health development for our children.
Whenever you see children playing and learning in enriching environments, what you’re really seeing is brain building. The latest science shows that these early experiences actually build the architecture of the developing brain; much like a house is built from the bottom up. Each step lays the groundwork for the next set of skills – like reading and math- and a lifetime of learning, success and productive, responsible citizenship. At each stage of development, from birth to adulthood, we know that mental health matters and that we all have a role in supporting positive mental health for our children.