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NATIONAL CHILDREN’S MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS DAY
April 30, 2012 (Williamson County, TX)
May 9, 2012, is National Children’s Mental Health
Awareness Day. For the past seven years, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services
Administration (SAMHSA) has celebrated National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day by
focusing on the resilience of young people, especially those young people who have mental healthchallenges. In addition, this ye
ar the day is also honoring the caring adults, the “Heroes of Hope,” whohelp these young people demonstrate resilience following traumatic experiences. “Heroes of Hope” help
young people by maintaining a long-term, stable and positive relationship. These relationships improve
a child’s ability to be successful at school, at home and in their community.
The public is invited to a short ceremony in celebration of National Children’s Mental Health
Awareness Day on Tuesday, May 8, 2012, at 9 a.m. on the south steps of the Williamson County historiccourthouse, 710 S. Main Street, in Georgetown. Green ribbons, signifying new growth and new beginnings, will be handed out for people to wear on May 9. Part of being a hero to a child isencouraging their creative expression of emotions. At the ceremony, artwork and written pieces bychildren regarding feelings and mental health will be on exhibit.The featured speaker will be Dr. Regina Cavanaugh with Lone Star Circle of Care (LSCC) talkingabout what parents
and adults can do to be “heroes” to the children in their lives.
Dr. Cavanaugh is a board-certified child and adolescent psychiatrist. She earned her medical degree from the University ofTexas Medical School at Houston, where she also completed a residency in psychiatry and a fellowship inchild and adolescent psychiatry. Before joining LSCC, Dr. Cavanaugh had a solo private practice inHarker Heights for several years and provided psychiatric services in hospitals, clinics, and foster careagencies throughout Texas and Pennsylvania. Dr. Cavanaugh is immediate past president of the Texas