Welcome to the virtual Texas Children’s Mental Health Acceptance Day for 2022! If you’re new to our annual event, you may not know that, traditionally, Children’s Mental Health Acceptance Day has been celebrated in Austin, Texas with a rally on the steps of the Capitol building. It started in 2013 when Texas System of Care hosted the first statewide Children’s Mental Health Awareness campaign. Over the years, we’ve hosted festivals, held community walks, supported state proclamations, and joined together as a state community as families and champions.

In 2020, the Coronavirus brought us to a new platform: right here! Now, we are meeting here again to continue showing each other support.

This year’s event theme is Be a Mental Health Hero, and Texas is coming together to honor the mental health heroes throughout the state! Join other young people in sharing the mental health superpower that makes you special and brings you happiness. You can also nominate someone who is a mental health hero to you!

We ask that you take today to move through the virtual version of Children’s Mental Health Acceptance Day. Celebrate with us, honor the struggles some of our children face, and help end discrimination and prejudice by having necessary conversations about mental health.

Although Children’s Mental Health Acceptance Day is May 2, this website will remain live long after the day ends. Come back whenever you need to check out a resource at the Exhibitor Fair, get a question answered with the FAQ, or just to listen to some inspirational words at our Main Stage. You can also visit the Archive for all of our resources, inspiration and more from previous years!

Thank you for spending your time raising awareness for our children’s mental health.

We’re so glad you’re here.

— The CMHAD Planning Committee