Sunday, May 10, 2009
Children's Mental Health Day in Oregon!
Friday, May 8th was a very special day. It was Children's Mental Health Day in Oregon! We had children and youth and families and caregivers from all over the state of Oregon at the state capital to rally our legislators to "invest in the future...support mental wellness"! We are asking our state's representatives to support HB 2144 Wraparound Initiative and to fund mental health services - which are facing certain cuts in the face of the economic crisis.
Jovanna and I had so much fun. We danced and sang and played and rallied! Radio Disney was there and they provided a lot of entertainment and Jovanna won the new Arriel's Beginnings movie for guessing the who the Sea Witch was in The Little Mermaid (Ursula). She so enjoyed playing with some of her little friends that were there. She much prefers to play with children who are quite a bit younger, usually around 2 or 3 years old. She loves to take a care-taker role with younger children.
This was such a special day for us. We heard several youth from around the state talk about their journey in the mental health system. Their stories are painful. Yet, they are also hopeful. We also had an opportunity to see what incredible talent so many of these amazing youth have! I was just in awe at some of the incredible presentations of talent! Music, singing, rubic's cube solving in under 15 seconds! It is so inspiring to think about all the adversity these kids have faced in their short lives and how they are also so resilient!
Here is a photo of Jovanna, me and the Oregon Governor's Assistant...