Maynicures Help Raise Awareness for Children’s Mental Health
I’m happy to partner with One in Five Minds and Clarity Child Guidance Center to help raise awareness about the Maynicures campaign and child mental health awareness. This post is sponsored, but all opinions are my own.
Throughout the month of May, you may spot women wearing a unique, and pretty, manicure. The Maynicure, four nails painted one color and a fifth nail sporting a different color, is more than just a style statement, it represent the one in five children who are dealing with mental illness.
May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and it’s an opportunity to learn more about how mental health affects our society, our families and future generations. Clarity Child Guidance Center, a nonprofit that provides treatment to children and adolescents in San Antonio, organized the Maynicure campaign to help shine a light on the impact the disorders have on families and why its important to seek help when it’s needed. As the statistics show, the risks of not seeking and getting help are far too great.
What You Need to Know About Child Mental Health in our Community:
- Mental health issues include ADHD, depression, mood disorders and bipolar disorder, among several others.
- One in two of all lifetime cases of mental illness begin by age 14.
- Every year, some 1,300 children are seen in emergency rooms for psychiatric needs, and the care they need is not always available.
- Untreated children are twice as likely to abuse alcohol.
- One in seven Hispanic high school students in Texas have made a suicide plan.
- There is hope and a path to a better future. When children receive the treatment they need, 9 out of 10 parents report improvement.
This is the third year in a row that I have taken part in the Maynicure campaign. Every year I have held hands with my own little one and snapped a picture. I treasure these photos because they symbolize my pledge to see him through the emotional ups and downs of childhood and adolescence no matter what comes. But, more than that, I love them because they are a tiny piece of a larger movement, one that encourages open dialogue about mental wellness in families and seeks to erase the stigma that keep so many young people from the help they need. I’ve loved seeing the small hand in mind get larger and larger. And, this year, I have a new little hand to hold and to make that same commitment to.
This month, I ask you to join that movement. Now through the end of the month, give yourself your own Maynicure and post it to social media with the hashtag #Maynicure and #1in5Minds. By taking part in this social challenge, you’ll be helping start a conversation about mental health that needs to be had and show your support for families dealing with those issues right now.