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Kids' mental health on the agenda

Long a destination for family fun, Stars & Stripes Park hosts a children’s health event on Tuesday.

Courtney Silva April 27th, 2011

On Tuesday, the Mental Health Association of Central Oklahoma hosts a free, carnival-themed Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day Celebration at Stars & Stripes Park, 3701 S. Lake Hefner Drive.

The 4 to 7 p.m. event will provide a fun environment with food and games, as well as a chance for families with a child who suffers from a mental illness to interact with families like them, said Cher Golding, executive director of the association.

“It’s a way for families to come network and celebrate the success of getting treatment or beginning the process of getting treatment for their children who may have a mental illness,” she said.

Booths will be set up around the park, providing families with resources from mental health care providers from around the state, including NorthCare and Red Rock. Each booth will have a fun activity or a game for kids and their families.

“There’s such a stigma around mental health issues, and not everyone feels comfortable talking about it,” said Golding. “But this event is a great way to not only break down that stigma, but for kids with a mental illness to see others that may be going through the same thing as them.”

For more information, call 943-3700 or visit —Courtney Silva

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