Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Children's Mental Health Awareness Week

Last month, along with Debbie Phelps (mother of Olympian Michael Phelps), Catherine O'Malley (wife of Governor Martin O'Malley) and some talented children from my agency, I shot my first public service announcement-- for Children's Mental Health Awareness. Starting this week, it can be seen on WBFF Fox and WMAR Abc.

In support of this cause, I will be attending an event sponsored by the Maryland Coalition of Families for Children's Mental Health and Mental Health Association of Maryland today:

"In Maryland, there are approximately 10,100 children in foster care, of which
over half are from Baltimore City. National studies suggest that between one
half and three-fourths of the children entering foster care have mental health
needs, a rate that is five times greater compared to community-based programs
for youth who are not involved in the child welfare system."

For more information, please visit the Maryland Coalition's homepage at

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