HOUSTON (May 16, 2014) – At a press conference held at DePelchin Children’s Center, Council Member Brenda Stardig proclaimed today, May 16, as “Children’s Mental Health Houston Day” on behalf of Mayor Annise Parker. Other city officials were also in attendance to show their support for children’s mental health, including State Representative Garnet Coleman, staffers of Senator John Cornyn, staffers of Senator Ted Cruz and staffers of Congressman Ted Poe.
One in five children in the Greater Houston area is affected by mental health issues, including ADHD, depression and anxiety. Not only do these children and their families have to deal with the actual disorder, but they also have to deal with the stigma that is associated with mental health issues. And that hurts even more. DePelchin believes that it’s time for Houston to start talking about mental health in children and begin a healing process by removing the fear and misunderstandings people have about disorders of the brain.
To begin the conversation, DePelchin asked members of the community to make one simple gesture in support of children’s mental health awareness: wear a band-aid on their forehead on May 16, for Children’s Mental Health Houston Day.
“We are thrilled the City of Houston has taken a stand with us in raising awareness about children’s mental health issues,” said Jenifer Jarriel, DePelchin president and CEO. “The support from the community has been overwhelming, as we distributed more than 10,000 band-aids the past few weeks for people to wear today. The reach of our campaign has also extended far beyond this, with individuals sharing the Heal Young Minds message via their social networks.”
DePelchin's campaign also enlisted the support of numerous community partners, including The Robert and Janice McNair Foundation, Jaguar Houston Central, Discovery Green, Houstonia magazine and CultureMap. For more information about the campaign,visit healyoungminds.org.
About DePelchin Children's Center
DePelchin Children’s Center is the leading center in Texas for children’s well-being, with a focus on mental health, foster care and adoption services. For more than 120 years, DePelchin has been turning lives around with comprehensive care for children, including psychiatric services, counseling, programs for at-risk youths, parent education, residential treatment, foster care and adoption. DePelchin is a not-for-profit organization and gratefully receives its support from individuals, foundations and corporations; government grants and fees; and United Way agencies. Visit www.depelchin.org to learn more.