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


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.


Children’s Mental Health in the News

18 01 2016
6-8 Entry 2

6th-8th Grade 3rd Place

Gannett Wisconsin Media is hosting some eye-opening, multi-month long coverage on the topic of children’s mental health. This coverage is intended to raise awareness of this important issue, and will culminate in an event in Madison just before the Children’s Mental Health Awareness Coalition event, on May 5, 2016. Stay tuned to the link above for continuing coverage, and come to a town meeting to discuss children’s mental health issues locally.

Youth from preschool to high school, don’t forget to enter our 2016 youth poster contest on the topic of My Feelings Matter. You will notice past contest winners’ artwork featured in several of the above articles. Art is a great way for children and young adults to express their emotions and to start appropriate discussions surrounding the topic of mental health. Access our contest entry forms here.

Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day Celebration Recap!

14 05 2015

On Thursday, May 7, the Children’s Mental Health Matters Coalition hosted our Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day Event. Winning artwork from our youth poster contest on the theme of “My Feelings Matter” was on display for winners, their families, and the community to admire. Local youth performers provided some fantastic entertainment, while Elizabeth Hudson, Director of the Office of Children’s Mental Health, presented the Governor’s proclamation declaring it Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day in Wisconsin. It was a wonderful event with a great turnout, that started some important discussions surrounding children’s mental health supports. We invite you to take a look at some of the photos and video from the event below, and we look forward to seeing you at next year’s event!

Video of Proclamation Presentation:

Poster Winners:

Chavez Elementary School Marimba Club:

Lincoln Elementary School Choir Performance:

Madison Country Day School Dance Club:

Presentation of the Proclamation and Poster Awards:

THANK YOU to all of the children and families who participated in this event, and in our “My Feelings Matter” poster contest. Children’s mental health is a critical topic in our community, and together we can ensure that children have the supports and resources they need to cope with their emotions in a safe and healthy way. Don’t forget to check out our Children’s Mental Health Matters Toolkit, and stay tuned for next year’s contest and event!

A special thanks to our event sponsors:

Barnes and Noble–Madison East
Ian’s Pizza
Mental Health America of Wisconsin
Overture Center for the Arts
Project LAUNCH