MAYVILLE, N.Y.:-- This past May, Chautauqua Tapestry and community partners joined communities across the country in celebrating May as Children’s Mental Health awareness month. Every May Chautauqua Tapestry brings together providers, families, and the community to share responsibility and resources to enhance the delivery of services and improve the lives of youth and families. Several events and promotions were planned to celebrate Children’s Mental Health Awareness month in Chautauqua County.
“These awareness celebrations are an opportunity for us to join communities across the country in celebrating the positive impact that we can have on the lives of children, youth, and young adults when we are able to integrate positive mental health into every environment,” said Rachel Ludwig, Project Director of Chautauqua Tapestry. “When we focus on building resilience and skills in children, youth, and young adults, we help these individuals and their families thrive.”
Chautauqua Tapestry was created through a federal system of care grant to assist Chautauqua County to act as a system of care for children and youth with emotional and behavioral challenges and their families. For 10 years, Chautauqua Tapestry has supported the service and support system for children, youth, and young adults with mental or substance use disorders in Chautauqua County.
Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello proclaimed May 2018 as “Children’s Mental Health Awareness Month.” The proclamation recognizes government agencies, mental health organizations, community coalitions, and child advocacy groups across Chautauqua County.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day was celebrated on May 10, 2018 to highlight the importance of children’s mental health. This year, the national focus of Awareness Day was “Partnering for Health and Hope Following Trauma.”
Family Peer Support Services of Chautauqua County and Compeer Chautauqua hosted the Twelfth Annual Green Ribbon Gala and Family Fun Fair on Saturday, May 12 at the Gerry Rodeo Grounds. The Green Ribbon Gala was intended to increase public awareness of the reality of childhood mental illness and to "Stamp out the Stigma" which is associated with mental illness. This event also affirmed the strengths of youth and their families dedicated to total wellness. Families who attended enjoyed a pot luck meal, live entertainment, games and activities, and giveaways.
Chautauqua Tapestry also organized a month long newspaper campaign in the Jamestown Post Journal and the Dunkirk Observer. Community partners contributed full page ads to highlight their supports and services available to children and families in Chautauqua County.
The local community partners who participated in the Children’s Mental Health Month newspaper campaign were Chautauqua Tapestry; Chautauqua County Department of Mental Hygiene; Crèche; Beacon Light Behavioral Health Systems; Double Rainbow Farms; Family Peer Support Services of Chautauqua County, Inc.; CASA of Chautauqua County; The Resource Center; Compeer Chautauqua; Child Advocacy Program of Chautauqua County; G.A. Family Services; WCA Community Foundation, Family Service of the Chautauqua Region; The Chautauqua Center; The Community Alliance for Suicide Prevention; Early Childhood Direction Center of the John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital; Chautauqua County Department of Health and Human Services; New Directions Youth and Family Services; Chautauqua Lake Child Care; Chautauqua Connections; Realist Evaluation, Inc.; The Office of Engagement and Economic Development at the State University of New York at Fredonia; Catholic Charities, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention; International Fellowship Inc.; and Hillside Family Agencies.
Thank you to all of our community partners who supported Children’s Mental Health Awareness Month!
To learn more about Chautauqua Tapestry and the System of Care in Chautauqua County, please visit www.chautauquatapestry.org or call (716) 753-4507.