Children’s Mental Health Awareness Event Re-cap & Photos

5 05 2017

Thanks to everyone who planned, attended and participated in our Children’s Mental Health Awareness event yesterday. Every year we watch this event and the correlating poster contest grow to involve more of the WI community, and we couldn’t be happier to involve all of you in the discussion surrounding children’s mental health. Here’s a look back at this year’s event:


We are so grateful for all of you who are playing a part in raising awareness of children’s mental health. Stay tuned for details on next year’s contest and event!
A special thanks to our event contributors…
Barnes & Noble Madison-East
Ian’s Pizza
Overture Center for the Arts
USA Today Network Wisconsin

And our event collaborators:
Community Partnerships
Department of Public Instruction
Department of Children and Families
Department of Health Services
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


Contest Winners & Event Details

25 04 2017

All My Feelings Matter poster contest winners have been notified, and we are pleased to announce our winners to the general public! Thank you again to all of the children and young adults who sent in their artwork– it was very tough choosing our finalists. We strongly encourage you to enter in future years, and to keep your creativity alive year-round. Finally, we invite the general community (all of you!) to attend our event to raise awareness of children’s mental health, in Madison, WI from noon to 1 pm CST on May 4, National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day. Winning posters from our contest will be displayed, and local youth will provide entertainment for attendees. Materials and information to discuss mental health with the child(ren) in your life will be available. Click the image below to view our event invite for further details:

CMHA Day Invitation 2017

And now, (drumroll please), our winners:

High School:

1st place: Kaitlin Joy Hulwi
HS First Place_2017

2nd place: Sophia Tollefson

HS Second Place_2017

3rd place: Areianna Goehrs

HS Third Place_2017

Grades 6-8:
1st place: Aleah Vanlandingham

Grades 6-8 First Place_2017

2nd place: Aiyana K. Lark

Grades 6-8 Second Place_2017

3rd place: Paris Croker

Grades 6-8 Third Place_2017

Grades 3-5:
1st place: Grace Steinke

Grades 3-5 First Place_2017

2nd place: Anna Strasser

Grades 3-5 Second Place_2017

3rd place: Eliza Rhodehamel

Grades 3-5 Third Place_2017

Grades K-2:

1st place: Nicholas Allind

K-2 First Place_2017

2nd place: Mykel Repp

K-2 Second Place_2017

3rd place: Cooper Berg

K-2 Third Place_2017


1st place: Harlea Fortney

Pre-K First Place_2017

2nd place: Remy Sumner

Pre-K Second Place_2017

3rd place: Madison Locke

Pre-K Third Place_2017

Congratulations to our winners and a big THANK YOU for those who took the time to vote! We hope to see all of you at our May 4th event.

Poster Voting Closed– Stay Tuned for Winners!

19 04 2017

Thank you to everyone who submitted their artwork for the My Feelings Matter poster contest, and to all of you who took the time to vote. Our winners will be posted soon, so stay tuned!


2017 Youth Poster Contest Voting is Open!

11 04 2017

First we want to say THANK YOU to all of the young people who submitted their artwork and to all of the adults who supported them in doing so. Our favorite part of the contest is looking through the amazing entries that we receive, and the hardest part is choosing the finalists! Below are the entries selected as finalists in each age category. Three winners in each age category  will be chosen through this public voting process. Once winners are notified we will announce them publicly on the blog. All winners and the general community are invited to a showing of the winning artwork and a gathering to raise awareness for children’s mental health on May 4th in Madison (final details coming soon!) Please note that the poll will only allow each person to vote once, and voting will close on Tuesday, April 18th at 4 pm. Happy voting!

(NOTE: Please click on the thumbnail images below to view the larger picture)

Thank you for voting! Stay tuned for the results, and for information on our May 4th event!

Poster Finalists Chosen!

11 04 2017

Submissions for the 2017 My Feelings Matter poster contest are now closed. Yesterday, the Children’s Mental Health Matters Coalition came together to look through all of the fantastic artwork we received. It was tough, but we chose our finalists in each age category to be put up for public voting. Poster finalists and voting will be posted later today. Voting will be open through Tuesday, April 18th at 4 PM. Winners will be notified via e-mail or phone, then posted to the site. Stay tuned!



27 03 2017

Deadline Extended pic

**All other dates and information regarding the contest remains the same. We are excited to receive even more beautiful, thoughtful artwork from youth across Wisconsin!

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.