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

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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

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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!



Art & Children’s Social Emotional Skills

27 01 2016

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Did you know that artistic expression can have a positive effect on children’s social emotional development and regulation? Check out this report from The National Endowment for the Arts to learn more, and click here for details about the My Feelings Matter youth poster contest to encourage children’s social emotional health.