It’s Time for the 2017 “My Feelings Matter” Youth Poster Contest!

17 02 2017

First Place HS

Poster Contest & Event Information/Forms


The Children’s Mental Health Matters Coalition will open our annual My Feelings Matter youth poster contest to entries starting on February 20, 2017. Entries will be accepted until March 27, 2017. Finalists will be selected by the coalition and winners will be chosen by your votes on our blog.

Get the Entry Form:

(*More interested in video than art? Check out this alternative opportunity from USA Today for youth to explore mental health through video:


Winners of the My Feelings Matter youth poster contest are invited with their families to our Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day event in Madison on May 4, 2017, at noon. This event is also open to any interested community members. Please click the flier image below for further details about this event.


We Need Your Help to Keep this Event Afloat!

This contest and the community event that follows is run by the Children’s Mental Health Matters Coalition, a group comprised of individuals from a number of state and non-profit entities around Wisconsin. The funding we have pulled together each year to pay for hosting this contest and event relied heavily on grant funding through one of our organizations that is no longer available to us. In order to set up a more consistent stream of funding moving forward, this year we have devised a sponsorship option for individuals, businesses, and organizations. Your sponsorship will allow us to host this contest and event for years to come, and continue to provide important opportunities to bring the issue of children’s mental health to the forefront. Sponsorship forms can be filled out manually and sent in to the address indicated, or can be filled out online and submitted electronically below. Please contact with questions.

Sponsorship Information

Who is the Children’s Mental Health Matters Coalition?
The Children’s Mental Health Matters Coalition is a collaboration of Wisconsin non-profits and state entities invested in supporting children’s mental health.

What is the Children’s Mental Health Matters Event?
Once a year the Children’s Mental Health Matters Coalition convenes to organize a poster contest for Wisconsin youth ages pre-school through high school, on the theme of My Feelings Matter. Adults are encouraged to use this contest and the free toolkits provided on the Coalition website to start age-appropriate conversations about mental health with the children in their lives, while participating youth are invited to explore and express their feelings through art. Contest finalists are chosen by Coalition members, and the winners are chosen by public vote. The winners, their families and the community are invited to an event held in Madison on National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day. At this event the winning artwork is displayed, local youth provide entertainment and the importance of children’s mental health awareness is promoted. The goal is for participants and attendees to leave with a stronger sense of comfort in addressing and supporting children’s mental well-being.

Where is my Sponsorship Going Exactly?
The Children’s Mental Health Matters Coalition does not currently have any regular funding sources to host our contest and event. We depend on sponsors like you to help make what we do possible. All of your money goes directly into buying supplies, materials, food and space needed for our contest and event. Items that may need to be funded or donated in-kind on an annual basis are:• Prizes for contest winners
• Poster frames for the winning artwork
• The space to host the event
• Pizza for contest winners and their families
• Marketing materials costs (printing, advertisements, etc.)

Why Children’s Mental Health?
According to the 2016 Wisconsin Office of Children’s Mental Health Annual Report, Wisconsin’s youth suicide rate is almost 40 percent higher than the national rate, and one in ten Wisconsin children qualify as having a Serious Emotional Disturbance (SED). A clear need exists to bring the discussion of children’s mental health into the open and to end the stigma and silence that often surrounds this issue. Only then can children develop the coping mechanisms and support systems they need to deal with their mental well-being in a healthy, positive way. Through our contest and event, the Children’s Mental Health Matters Coalition plays an active role in bringing the topic of children’s mental health to light and encouraging healthy engagement on the subject of mental health amongst children and adults.

Levels of Opportunities for Sponsor Involvement/Support

(We will adhere to sponsor brand and logo requirements. Please note, sponsorship can be monetary or an in-kind donation equivalent to the cost of a particular sponsorship level).



What is the return on my investment?
Aside from increasing your brand visibility, you are tying your brand to an extremely worthy cause and making a positive difference in your community at the same time. There is a true need to raise awareness and support for the issue of children’s mental health in WI. By supporting this event you are helping us put the spotlight on this need, giving children a creative outlet for their emotions, and supporting adults in initiating tough conversations with their children regarding mental health.

Online Children’s Mental Health Matters Event Sponsorship Form:

Thank you for your support!

Please click below to view our sponsorship form in PDF format.


Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day Event Recap

8 05 2016

Thank you to all who attended our 2016 Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day event. We had our highest turnout yet, some fantastic entertainment, and we were so pleased that so many of our My Feelings Matter poster contest winners could make the event. A special thanks to First Lady Tonette Walker for taking the time to come and present the proclamation declaring May 5, 2016 Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day in Wisconsin. Check out photos from the event below, and stay tuned to our site for information on next year’s contest and event!


Children’s Mental Health Awareness Celebration Program

3 05 2016

CMHA Day Program 2016 (final)_Page_2

Wisconsin knows…children’s mental health matters!
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. Wisconsin now has a toolkit for communities to promote the social-emotional well-being and positive mental health of their children.

  • A strong foundation early on increases the likelihood of positive mental health outcomes for life.
  • The human brain and its architecture develop through a rapid process starting before birth and continuing into adulthood.
  • Early experiences and relationships literally shape how the brain is built.
  • It is important that quality services and supports for children, adolescents, and families who need them are available and accessible.

Visit and explore the full online toolkit here.

Event Collaborators:
Community Partnerships
Disability Rights Wisconsin
Mental Health America of Wisconsin
Office of Children’s Mental Health
Supporting Families Together Association
Wisconsin Alliance for Infant Mental Health
Wisconsin Family Ties

Come to our Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day Celebration!

26 04 2016

CMHA Day Invitation 2016

Announcing the 2016 My Feelings Matter Poster Contest Winners!

22 04 2016

We had so many incredible young artists enter our contest this year, and we feel so lucky to have had the opportunity to meet each and every one of you through your beautiful artwork and the moving stories you shared. Thank you so much for participating. We hope that you will consider entering again in future years.

Public voting has narrowed our finalists down to first, second, and third place in each age category. Finalists, and anyone interested in attending, are invited to our May 5th Children’s Mental Health Awareness Celebration at the Overture Center, Rotunda Stage in Madison. Winning artwork will be displayed, and the winners will be celebrated.

Here are our winners– congratulations!


First Place: Lydia, Little Chute, WI
First Place Pre-K

Second Place: Kolyn, Middleton, WI
Second Place Pre-K

Third Place: Jackson, Glen Haven, WI
Third Place Pre-K

K-2nd Grade

First Place: Tessa, Holmen, WI
First Place K-2

Second Place: Seth, Stratford Elementary, WI
Second Place K-2

Third Place: Brady, Stratford Elementary, WI
Third Place K-2

3rd-5th Grade

First Place: Grace, River Falls, WI
First Place 3-5

Second Place: Gianna, Green Bay, WI
Second Place 3-5

Third Place: Sheryl, Holmen, WI
Third Place 3-5

6th-8th Grade

First Place: Lucy, Milwaukee, WI
First Place 6-8

Second Place: Emily, Kiel, WI
Second Place 6-8

Third Place: Olivia, Ridgeway, WI
Third Place 6-8

High School

First Place: Sarah, Algoma High School, WI
First Place HS

Second Place: Jessica, Kimberly High School, WI

Second Place HS

Third Place:Evelyn, De Pere, WI
Third Place HS

Thanks again to all who entered and voted! Join us May 5th at the Madison Overture Center on the Rotunda Stage, 11:30-12:30 pm, to celebrate children’s mental health awareness.

Stay Tuned for Results of the 2016 Poster Contest!

15 04 2016

The votes are in, results are being tallied, and soon the My Feelings Matter poster contest winners will be announced! Thanks to all who participated for taking the time to vote on your favorite entries. We had a whopping 6,412 votes cast in this year’s voting– our highest number yet! Once winners are notified, the winning posters will be announced right here on our blog. Meanwhile, save the date for our Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day Event, featuring our winning artists, local youth entertainment and more:

When: May 5, 2016, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Where: Overture Center, Rotunda Stage, Madison, WI
Who: Come one, come all! This event is open to the public.

Check back soon for our contest winners! Thanks to all of our young artists for entering.

Announcing the 2016 My Feelings Matter Poster Contest Voting!

30 03 2016

2016 Voting Banner_CMHA Coalition

It’s that time again! THANK YOU to all of the Wisconsin youth who submitted their artwork to the Children’s Mental Health Awareness Coalition’s My Feelings Matter poster contest. We had over 200 entries from across the state, and with all of the amazing artwork we received it was very difficult to narrow down our choices for voting. We strongly encourage you to enter again next year, even if you didn’t make it to the finalists this time! Please note that the poll will only allow each person to vote once, and voting will close on April 14th at 5 pm. Once winners are notified we will announce them publicly on the blog.

Happy voting!

*NOTE: Please click on the poster images to see a larger image.


Thank you for taking the time to vote for these amazing young artists!

**Check out our wonderful young artists featured in the news!