The U.N.’s World Health Organization notes that mental disorders are responsible for 13% of the global disease burden — and urges all countries to allocate more resources to mental health care. Here in the Valley, several organizations are holding events with an art twist in recognition of May as National Mental Health Month (Kids are the focus on May 9).
The People of Color Network in Phoenix invites Valley families to join their “2nd Annual National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day” celebration from 10am to 8pm on Wed, May 9 at 4520 N. Central Ave. They’re joining several community partners for the event designed to “raise awareness about the importance of mental health in a child’s life.”
Event organizers note that “mental health is essential to a child’s healthy development from birth,” adding that their priority is “building resilience in children and youth dealing with trauma so they can reach their fullest potential.” Wednesday’s event includes an art contest and exhibits, children’s activities, and workshops for kids and parents.
The People of Color Network provides behavioral health care services to children and adults in Maricopa County, and seeks to raise awareness throughout the state of the importance of good mental health. They’ll have information about childhood mental health at the event.
Note: You can find “People Colors” arts and craft supplies at Lakeshore Learning Materials in Phoenix and Paradise Valley — or online.
Coming up: Disco meets “Dark Shadows,” Developing new plays for young audiences
Update: I’ll be blogging about art and mental health all month. If your Arizona organization offers art-related programs by and/or for people living with mental illness, I’d love to hear from you at firstname.lastname@example.org. 5/8/12