May 2018 is National Mental Health Awareness Month, and to celebrate the local Systems of Care organization is asking schools, local businesses and nonprofits, and anyone generally interested in promoting mental health in the community to “Build a Tree” as a symbol of our commitment to mental health and growing strong together.
The trees will be a symbol of our need, as a community to support each other and acknowledge that if we are going to have a strong, vibrant community with a focus on mental health, we’re going to have to work together. This celebration is simple and we hope you enjoy it!
STEP 1 BUILD A TREE
In the month of May, take whatever materials you choose (construction paper, cardboard, plastic), wherever you choose (classroom, office wall, outside of a building) and build a tree for display. The more creative the better.
STEP 2 ATTACH LEAVES
On May 10, Mental Health Awareness Day or During May 7th-13th, which is Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week, create and attach leaves for each individual (student, worker, volunteer, etc.) with a personal message about your experiences with mental health. We suggest a positive statement about helping someone or receiving help to improve overall mental health. Students are encouraged to trace their hands and cut out leaves in the shape of their hands, but anything is permitted.
STEP 3 TAKE PICTURES OF THE TREE
On May 18th, our deadline for submissions, you should take at least one picture of your organization’s tree and submit it to systems of care by contacting Adam McNeill (AMcNeill@FWMWA.org or call (814) 817-1400 ext.1643) or a designated location in your organization/school. You can also share your pictures on social media using the hashtag #growingstrongtogether to promote unity.
PUBLIC PROMOTION OF YOUR TREES
On May 31st we will be hosting a Mental Health Awareness Symposium at the Warren Public Library in the Slater room between 6:00 pm and 8:00 pm. There will be refreshments, presentations, and plenty of literature and discussion promoting mental health. Pictures of the trees will be collected there, displayed and discussed. Also, the pictures of the trees will be shared with the newspaper and promoted on several websites and social media profiles to promote Mental Health Awareness Month.
Thank you for your support!