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YOUTH ENCOURAGED TO ENTER CHILDREN’S MENTAL HEALTH POSTER CONTEST

Entries due March 18 for “My Feelings Matter” poster contest

The Children’s Mental Health Matters Coalition announced today that entries are now being accepted for the 2016 “My Feelings Matter” poster contest.

“Children’s mental health matters and we want to bring this issue to the forefront here in Wisconsin with this poster contest,” said Phyllis Greenberger, a member of the Children’s Mental Health Matters Coalition. “Art offers a creative outlet for children’s feelings to help them deal with strong emotions, and gives the adults in their lives insight into how their children are developing socially and emotionally.”

Preschoolers through high school students are eligible to participate.  A prize will be awarded to the winner in each age group. Entries must be postmarked by March 18, 2016.  Last year, more than 400 posters were submitted from youth and teens across the state.

The Children’s Mental Health Matters Coalition will determine the finalists in each age category. The finalists will be posted online in April at: http://wisconsinknowschildrensmentalhealthmatters.wordpress.com/.  The winners will be selected by popular vote on the website.  The winning posters will be displayed at events and locations around the state to encourage children’s mental health awareness and discussion year-round.

The “My Feelings Matter” poster contest commemorates National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week in May. Winners will be recognized at a Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day event May 5, 2016, at the Overture Center in Madison.

“If a photograph can say a thousand words we believe the artistic creation of a child can say so much more, and can act as a strong reminder of the importance of children’s mental health awareness,” said Greenberger.  “This is the perfect activity for teachers, parents, and caregivers to encourage youth to create art about their feelings and to conduct age-appropriate conversations about the importance of mental health.”

For more information about the poster contest, visit: https://wisconsinknowschildrensmentalhealthmatters.wordpress.com/

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The Children’s Mental Health Matters Coalition is a collaboration of Wisconsin non-profits and state entities invested in supporting children’s mental health. For more information and resources to promote positive mental health for all children,visithttps://wisconsinknowschildrensmentalhealthmatters.wordpress.com/