#HTxMentalHealth Childrens Art Contest
#HTxMentalHealth Children's Art Contest is the brainchild of Mental Health America of Greater Houston (MHA Houston) and Nick Finnegan Counseling Center (NFCC) with support from community partners and sponsors as indicated below. The contest's purpose is to create local awareness about the importance of children's mental health and wellness in the greater Houston area. It is held in observation of National Children's Mental Health Awareness Week (May 3-9) and National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day (May 7). Research shows half of all lifetime mental illnesses occur before a child's 14th birthday. That's the average age of an 8th grader.
Allowing children and teens a safe place to share their feelings can help them think more clearly, develop socially, behave better, improve grades, learn new skills and have a healthy emotional outlook on life. Since youngsters do not have the vocabulary adults do, art is a way they can express emotions. This art contest can help them do just that.
To spread the message of #HTxMentalHealth Children's Art Contest, participants are encouraged to ask their parents' or guardians' permission to take a “selfie” with their artwork (or of just the artwork) and post it to social media with the hashtag: #HTxMentalHealth. On May 7, be sure to wear green – the observance color for mental health – and post a “selfie” to social media with the hashtag: #HTxMentalHealth.
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