Children Mental Health

Advocating for children’s mental

health through messages of hope

Delaware County Council and the Office of Behavioral Health was joined by partners in the Delaware County System of Care Network to recognize national Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week and announce a partnership with Delaware Valley Rocks to paint rocks with messages of hope and acceptance, which will be placed throughout the county. Attending the April 26 Council meeting are, from left: Tracey Wolf Wise, Supervisor of Pupil Services, DCIU; Jeanne Ewing, Children’s Mental Health Specialist, Delaware County Office of Behavioral Health; Shannon Fitzpatrick Thomas, Coordinator of Children’s Mental Health Services, Delaware County Office of Behavioral Health; Council Vice Chair Colleen Morrone; Portia Kamara, Executive Director, Multicultural Community Family Services; Candida Kessler, Delaware Valley Rocks; 2nd row far right, Joseph Dougherty, Director of Human Services; Councilman Michael Culp; Council Chairman Mario J. Civera, Jr.; Christina Gordon, Children’s Mental Health Caseworker, Delaware County Office of Behavioral Health; Councilman John McBlain; Jamie Sottnick, Founder, Delaware Valley Rocks.

 

 

Council advocates for children’s

mental health through messages of hope

For many children in Delaware County and across the nation, mental health is a daily challenge in their lives. Each year, thousands of children receive licensed mental health services in Pennsylvania. 

In an effort to address these issues, the county’s Department of Human Services has formed a System of Care that is a collaborative network of systems and supports that work with youth and their parents.  At the April 26 meeting, Council Vice Chair Colleen Morrone presented a resolution to the System of Care to raise awareness about children’s mental health and the resources available to families.

“Research shows that early identification and intervention of mental health issues is a critical component of the health and well-being of children and adults,” said Council Vice Chair Colleen Morrone. “Our system of care supports our children, their positive emotional development and their hope for a bright future.”

Each year, County Council recognizes Children’s Mental Health Awareness during the month of May with the actual day of awareness taking place this year on Thursday, May 4th. For the main awareness activity, the System members have partnered with Delaware Valley Rocks and will be painting rocks with messages of hope and acceptance, which will be placed throughout the county.

Additionally, in an effort to raise awareness, the Delaware County Suicide and Prevention Task Force will hold their annual walk run on May 6 at Ridley Creek State Park.