To recognize Mental Health Awareness Month, One in Five Minds is introducing Pinwheels for Change. The colorful and vibrant pinwheels are no ordinary pinwheels, but the stunning creations of 15 renowned San Antonio artists that were inspired to participate in the campaign. These highly visual reminders represent both the dire situation facing children with mental, emotional or behavioral disorders, as well as the change that can come with proper diagnosis and treatment. Senior Vice President at Clarity Child Guidance Center, Rebecca Helterbrand, said pinwheels were selected as symbols because, “Pinwheels evoke powerful imagery of childhood; of gentle breezes and carefree days. The desire is that these happy images provide hope for the 1 in 5 children that experience mental illness. A hope that can only be achieved by raising awareness about mental illness, ending stigma and improving access to care for all children who need it.”
When a child or teen has a mental disorder, it doesn’t just affect the diagnosed, but all members of the family, and all aspects of family life. And if the mental health problems are chronic, the situation only becomes exasperated. With one in five children in Bexar County experiencing mental illness, the chances are high that you know a family that’s currently dealing with this all-encompassing issue.
Virginia State Senator Creigh Deeds was the keynote luncheon speaker at Claritycon2015 in San Antonio, Texas on June 18, 2015.
Virginia State Senator Creigh Deeds reminds us that from biblical times to the present, people have experienced painful, and sometimes even tragic, events in their lives. And as agonizing as these events are, they also can lead to change and hope for others.
Deeds opened his luncheon keynote address at Claritycon2015 with one of his favorite bible stories – a story from the Book of Esther about a courageous young woman who risked her life to save her people.
“Each one of us has to be open to the notion that some circumstance of our lives – something we don’t want or are not looking for – might give us an opportunity to make a real difference in someone’s life.”