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Art Contest Runs:
 January 4 - April 1, 2017

Contest Theme: “How I Feel About Myself”
Open to all Children 5-14 Years Old

The Contest is Free To Enter!

Contest Rules and Entry Forms:  
Winning artists will:
  • receive more than $300 in gift cards, passes and prizes for fun activities such as a summer art scholarship to The Museum of Fine Arts Glassell Junior School, passes to enter the Children’s Museum of Houston and The Health Museum, tickets to the Houston Zoo, bowling at Lucky Strike, ice skating at Discovery Green ICE, roller skating at Dairy Ashford Roller Rink, pottery making/painting at The Mad Potter, and art supplies from Texas Art Supply to name a few.
  • receive public recognition on National Children’s Mental Health Day (May 4) and National Children’s Mental Health Week (May 7-13)
  • be honored at a special awards reception (May 4, 2017) at The Health Museum and represent your school, school district and/or organization
  • have their art featured in a children’s mental health art gallery at The Health Museum and in the digital children’s mental health art gallery at
 For more info, contact Traci Patterson at or 713-520-3476.
Click here to see highlights of the 2016 Contest. 

Contest Rules and Entry Form
Nominations Are Now Open

2017 Children’s Mental Health Awards

The Center for School Behavioral Health at Mental Health America of Greater Houston is now accepting submissions for our 2017 Children’s Mental Health Community Recognition Awards.

Nominees should have made significant contributions to raise children’s mental health awareness through education and/or advocacy;
taken steps to promote respect and provide support for children living with mental health concerns or social emotional disorders; informed the public about children’s mental health and mental illness to help combat stigma; and/or engaged and encouraged our communities to embrace children’s mental health as an important part of their overall health.

Nominations Contact - Traci Patterson: or 713-520-3476.
Nominate a Deserving Individual or Organization Now
I Wish My Teacher Knew

One day, teacher Kyle Schwartz asked her students to fill in the blank in this sentence:
“I wish my teacher knew ______.”

The results astounded her. Some answers were
humorous; others were heartbreaking. All were
profoundly moving and enlightening. The results opened her eyes to the need for educators to understand the unique realities their students face in order to create an open, safe, and supportive classroom environment.

Project Contact - Traci Patterson: or 713-520-3476
Click Here To Help Us Learn What Kids Are Thinking
February 2017 - Monthly Update
Youth Mental Health First Aid Training

Youth Mental Health First Aid is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis. 
A Few Spots Left Register Now
A Look At The 85th Texas Legislative Session
SoberBowl Superfest

On Sunday, February 5, 2017, Houston hosted SoberBowl SuperFestTM, a fresh new music festival for Super Bowl party-goers at White Oak Music Hall.This first of its kind event, presented by the Houston Recovery Initiative & The John Lucas Foundation, and produced by The ARK, PsychTrac, Transcend Recovery Community and The Arbor featured celebrity athletes: John Lucas, Earl Campbell, Willie Tullis,  Ryan Leaf and more. It also featured musicians: Royce Da 5'9", Carolyn Wonderland, FINLAY, Tommy Gunz, DJ's: Daniel Allen, Highwire, Millhouse and many others.

Mental Health America of Greater Houston and its Veterans Behavioral Health Initiative ( proudly supported the Soberbowl Superfest as an Advocacy Partner. We appreciate the volunteerism of our program participants, peer mentors, collaborators and community in this effort.

Check Out the 2017 Event Highlights

Newtown Film Screening and
Panel Discussion

Tuesday, February 28, 2017
4:00 - 7:00 PM

University of Houston
Graduate College of Social Work

3511 Cullen Blvd, Room 101
Houston, TX 77204

Admission is free, but registration is required. Light refreshments will be provided.

Newtown chronicles the aftermath of the deadliest mass shooting of school children in American History: a shooting that took the lives of 20 elementary school children and 6 educators in Newtown, CT on December 14, 2012.

Join us for a screening of the acclaimed documentary, followed by a panel discussion on the impacts of trauma and grief on children, school behavioral health, and what to expect for mental health policy in the 85th Texas Legislative Session.


  • Janet Pozmantier, Director of the Center for School Behavioral Health at Mental Health America of Greater Houston
  • Rebecca Fowler, Program Coordinator, Mental Health America of Greater Houston
  • Dr. Julie Kaplow, Associate Professor & Director, University of Texas Trauma and Grief Center for Youth
  • Dr. Megan Mooney, Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Texas Trauma and Grief Center for Youth
Register for the Free Film Screening

University of Houston Downtown
Social Work Student Selected  as
2017 Betsy Schwartz Fellow 

Kristin Holt is the most recent student from the University of Houston Downtown selected to receive the Betsy Schwartz Field Fellowship from Mental Health America of Greater Houston. Holt, a senior in the School of Social Work will complete her bachelor's degree Spring 2017.
Through her experience at Mental Health America of Greater Houston, Holt is enriching her understanding of mental health and looks forward to beginning her career working with families in the area of education.

Kristin is the mother of three who spends her free time blogging, teaching couponing classes, and volunteering with the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.
Betsy Schwartz Fellows Where Are they Now?
  • Ahmed Myrick - graduate student at the Diana R. Garland School of Social Work at Baylor University - Houston Campus.
  • Jerriann Nettles - graduate student at the University of Houston College of Social Work.
  • Karla Banic - completing her final year as a graduate student at the University of Houston College of Social Work.
This annual fellowship honors the legacy of Betsy Schwartz, former President and Chief Executive Officer of Mental Health America of Greater Houston. Established by a gift from Joan and Stanford Alexander and others, the Fellowship provides stipends and internships to undergraduate social work students from the University of Houston-Downtown who have demonstrated a commitment to building a career in mental health and/or behavioral health.

Picture 1: Kristin Holt Picture 2: Ahmed Myrick, Jerriann Nettles, Betsy Schwartz and Karla Banic.

Learn More, Register or Participate

MHA of Greater Houston is your one-stop resource for mental health education and training, and advocacy events. 

Friday, March 17, 12:00 pm-1:30 pm
YCMF Collaborative Meeting
Sun Behavioral Hospital (7601 Fannin Street, Houston, TX 77054).
Registration required
Thursday, May 4, 5:00 pm-7:00 pm
Children's Mental Health Art Contest and Community Recognition Awards
on Children's Mental Health Day, at
The Health Museum (1515 Hermann Dr.) - Free Community Event

Thursday, May 11, 6:00 pm-8:30 pm
May is Postpartum Awareness Month
Join the Yates Children Memorial Fund for Women’s Mental Health Education
at MATCH Theater (3400 Main Street)…details coming soon.

Wednesday, November 8, 6:30 pm-9:30 pm
Treasures of Texas Celebration
River Oaks Country Club
Ima Hogg Award Recipient - Dr. Lucy Puryear
Chairs - Molly and Matthew LaFauci
Honorary Chairs - Maureen and Jim Hackett
For Assistance: Shari Koziol, or 713-520-3471
View Monthly Calendar and Register To Attend
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