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What:
National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day,
Heroes of Hope Balloon Launch
When:
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
9:30 a.m.
Where:
Media location is Mecklenburg County Carlton G. Watkins Center, 3500 Ellington Street, Charlotte, NC 28211 (Several other locations are planned for the launch; locations are listed below.)
Who:
All children, youth and families in Mecklenburg County facing issues of mental health and wellness.
Why:
Each year in May, a day is recognized across the United States as National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day to raise attention to issues around mental health for children. Balloons will be launched in other counties around North Carolina as well. In Mecklenburg County, the ParentVOICE program of the Mental Health Association of Central Carolinas and MeckCARES, a program of Mecklenburg County, coordinate and sponsor the designation of this important day.
This year, National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day’s theme is Heroes of Hope and will coincide with a similar celebration in Washington, D.C.

Balloon launch locations are distributed around the County to mark the day. School locations include: The Morgan School, Torrence Creek Elementary, Endhaven Lane Elementary, Ballantyne Elementary, Pineville Elementary, Hawk Ridge Elementary, Ranson Middle, Hopewell High, Mallard Creek High, Ridge Road Elementary, and Sedgefield Elementary. Child Serving Agencies include: Center for Community Transitions, Keys of the Carolinas, Thompson Child & Family Focus, Alexander YouthNetwork, and Connections BWB and the Carlton Watkins Center.

ParentVOICE is a program of the Mental Health Association of Central Carolinas, that provides information, support and opportunities that strengthen and inspire youth with behavioral, emotional and mental health challenges, and their families/caregivers, to learn, lead, participate and advocate for quality services and successful outcomes.

MeckCARES is a Mecklenburg County initiative that works collaboratively with agencies, schools, organizations and businesses to improve the lives of youth with mental health issues and their families. For more information, call MeckCARES at 704-432-4593, or visit: http://meckcares.charmeck.org



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Media Contact:
Candace Wilson at 704-432-4521




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