Child and Adolescent programs celebrate Children's Mental Health Day

Posted on 05/08/15 02:20:pm

By: Jenifer Waite Wollenburg, MS-ATR, Manager of Inpatient Clinical Programming and Experiential Therapy 
West Allis Campus


On Thursday, May 7th, Rogers Memorial Hospital joined 1,100 communities and 140 national collaborating organizations across the country to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day. The goal is to raise awareness about the needs of children, adolescents and young adults diagnosed with mental health or substance use challenges.

To show our support for children’s mental health and well-being, Rogers invited our inpatient child and adolescent program in West Allis and the child and adolescent day treatment programs in West Allis and Kenosha to launch lime green (the color representing mental health) balloons carrying handwritten messages of hope and support. Balloon releases occurred throughout the day, so that all the children would have the opportunity to participate in this important event.

Some of these messages of hope were:

  • "I know I’m good for something I just haven’t found it yet”
  • “In the end we only regret the chances we did not take”
  • “Life is about the journey, not the destination”
  • “Never forget who you are, you are what you love not who loves you”
  • “Stars don’t shine without a little darkness”
  • “Don’t be the you that you don’t want to be, be the person you want to be”

The Rogers-Oconomowoc campus celebrated Children’s Mental Health Day(link is external) by holding a small ceremony dedicating a green space that will be developed into a therapeutic courtyard and sanctuary for patients, their families, staff and wildlife in the near future. Patients were encouraged to share their personal journeys and after everyone was able to plant flowers and decorate flower plots that will be kept on the patio in the courtyard.

The national Awareness Day balloon launch event will take place in Washington, D.C., and in the past has featured special general sessions of the National Council for Behavioral Health annual conference, workshops, and speakers. SAMHSA’s annual observance provides an opportunity to celebrate the positive impact we can have on the lives of young people.

National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day is near and dear to Rogers, our patients, families and staff. Visit ourFacebook(link is external) page to see photos of our celebration or to leave a comment on how you celebrated!

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