On Children's Mental Health Awareness Day we can think of many great examples to showcase, but one that we are particularly impressed with is the work of the Johnson Foundation in Racine, Wisconsin. They have a laser sharp focus on children's mental health and a great video that describes the Racine Collaborative for Children's Mental Health.
Here is how they describe the work they are doing in the community of Racine around children's mental health issues:
- The community issues we choose to tackle serve as a microcosm of the challenges facing the nation as a whole. Committed, informed leaders and active citizens engage in constructive dialogue to craft local solutions that can have national implications.
Good mental health is essential to fulfilling and productive life. The Johnson Foundation’s Community Program convened the Racine Collaborative for Children’s Mental Health after undertaking a six-month research project to more fully explore the issue of children’s mental health. The project resulted in a report: “Top of Mind: Children’s Mental Health in Racine – Highlighting facts and uncovering urgent needs.”
Heroes for Health
The Johnson Foundation at Wingspread and the Racine Collaborative for Children’s Mental Health are recognizing National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day with the launch of Heroes for Health, a new online profile series to highlight the individuals and organizations in the Racine area who are committed to strengthening the social and emotional development of children.
Watch their video below that describes the collaborative and then go to their website to learn more (they have many other initiatives in the pipeline).
We at the Network never tire of finding exemplary examples of communities stepping up to the plate to find strategies for promoting good mental health. Enjoy!