Each year we celebrate “May is Mental Health Month” and we sponsor a variety of events to promote Children’s Mental Health Awareness. These awareness activities were created to shine a spotlight on the importance of children’s mental health and to reinforce that positive mental health is essential to a child’s healthy development. This year’s theme “Finding Help, Finding Hope” explores barriers and pathways to accessing behavioral health services and supports for children, youth, and young adults with mental and substance use disorders and their families. The FREE event kicked off at the Texas State Capitol Saturday, 4/30/16, 9am-10am, where attendees heard both a performance from the Austin Children’s Choir and words from family and youth speakers. The Henry McMahon Children’s Advocacy Award was also  announced. Following the Capitol program, attendees came together for a 1 mile walk to Wooldridge Square Park, 10am-12pm, to honor children, youth, and families who live with and support those with mental health needs. The park was filled with family friendly activities as well as resources from our local community.