Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day was a colorful success! On May 9th art therapists in the Richmond area gathered at the Tuckahoe Library in honor of this awareness day. Volunteers spent the day assisting 25 toddlers, teens, parents, and retirees in making art. Animated discussion with parents and grandparents took place, and all were eager to learn about VATA, our statewide network, places of employment, legislative efforts, and website resources… especially the downloadable articles and the art therapist locator.
On the same day, art therapists and art therapy students in Hampton Roads gathered at the Virginia Beach Central Library to converse with the community and offer a vast array of educational resources. Local community resources, to include organizations supporting art therapy and art therapists in private practice, were also available. More than 30 people came through and expressed interest in VATA’s social action pursuit, all of whom expressed thanks for the valuable information provided.
VATA was also represented across the state at the Richmond Behavioral Health Authority, the Fairfax Regional Library, and the Fredericksburg Regional Library. Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day and VATA’s efforts to raise awareness were widely promoted in Charlottesville at local libraries, the Veterans Center, and the Child and Youth Services clinic.
Finally, VATA launched a large social media campaign in order to raise awareness throughout Virginia and across the country. We dedicated our website to Awareness Day resources and then spread the word by emailing, blogging, tweeting and posting on Facebook. Through our social media outreach, VATA was able to reach more than 2500 people!
We want to sincerely thank all of our dedicated volunteers who helped make every contact and event a reality! “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, Nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” – Dr. Seuss, The Lorax