DAHS Flash Mob for Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day

High school students from De Forest, Madison La Follete, Madison East, Madison West, Madison Memorial and Waunakee all participated in Children’s Mental Health Awareness day on May 9, 2012.  Twenty-six De Forest students participated in the Flash Mob!
Afterward the dance was completed and the applause and cheering ended… WI State and Wisconsin DPI representatives spoke about embracing the day and promoting the importance of children’s mental health.  It was very powerful and moving message and I’m so glad that our students got to be a part of something so positive.  Each person’s mental health matters and I’m very excited that people are becoming more aware that children’s mental health is very important also.  The community awareness is just the beginning.  The proverb it takes a village to raise a child is so very true.  We are all responsible for our children’s mental health and it’s up to us to support and embrace our children and encourage healthy habits
At each stage of development, from birth to adulthood, we know that mental health matters and that we all have a role in supporting positive mental health for our children.  Wisconsin now has a toolkit for communities to promote social emotional well being and positive mental health of their children.
Key points:
~ A strong foundation early on increases the likelihood of positive mental health outcomes for life.
~The human brain and its architecture develop through a rapid process starting before birth and continuing into adulthood
~Early experiences and relationship literally shape how the brain is built
~It’s important that quality services and supports for children, adolescents and families who need them are available and accessible.
If you’d like to watch clips of the flash mob, click here:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=eihsmGW0U6Q

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