"The Art of Awareness"
May is mental health month and this art exhibit will be bringing awareness to youth mental health. Students at Elkins Middle School submitted art work that will be displayed anonymously. Artwork showcased will be depicting what mental health means to the students. An informational table will also be set up with free mental health related handouts. Some stats: 1 in 5 children ages 13-18 have, or will have a serious mental illness. 50% of all lifetime cases of mental illness begin by age 14 and 75% by age 24. Youth Health Services, Kali Elza
In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month in May of 2019, Youth Health Services has collaborated with Elkins Middle School and The Arts Center to put on a small art show. This show will display for 2 weeks only from May 1 to May 10. The Arts Center will be open during normal gallery hours Tuesday to Friday, from 10 to 4 pm. If the “Open” flag is not displayed on our front sign, please enter through the back side of the building, which faces City Park.
History: Mental Health Awareness Month was started in the United States in 1949 by the Mental Health America organization (then known as the National Association for Mental Health). Each year in mid-March Mental Health America releases a toolkit of materials to guide preparation for outreach activities during Mental Health Awareness Month. During the month of May, Mental Health America, its affiliates, and other organizations interested in mental health conduct a number of activities which are based on a different theme each year.