SAMHSA News - May/June 2008, Volume 16, Number 3


  Children's Mental Health Awareness Day – Photo Gallery

Picture of (left to right) actors and event co-hosts Keke Palmer and Mark Indelicato along with Dr. Gary Blau, Branch Chief of the Child, Adolescent and Family Branch at SAMHSA’s Center for Mental Health Services

Dr. Gary Blau (right), Branch Chief of the Child, Adolescent and Family Branch at SAMHSA’s Center for Mental Health Services, joins actors and event co-hosts Mark Indelicato (center) and Keke Palmer (left), after the celebration.
picture of SAMHSA Administrator Terry L. Cline (right) presenting the SAMHSA Special Recognition Award to Herschel Walker (left), Heisman Trophy winner and former NFL football star

SAMHSA Administrator Terry L. Cline (right) presents the SAMHSA Special Recognition Award to Herschel Walker (left), Heisman Trophy winner and former NFL star.
   
 
picture of Nichalas Parker (right), and Keziah John–Paul (left) performing

Youth performers Nichalas Parker (right), 17, and Keziah John–Paul (left), 15, perform “Be a Lion,” a song from the film “The Wiz.” Accompanied by Aaron Clay (center) on piano, Mr. Parker’s interpretation of the song took him from physically timid to strong.
picture of Mistress of ceremonies Megan McNair

Mistress of ceremonies Megan McNair, 19, addresses the audience. A broadcast journalism major at Howard University who also has ADD, she plans to use a media career to become a voice for members of ethnic populations who are struggling with learning disabilities and behavior disorders.
picture of A. Kathryn Power, Director of SAMHSA’s Center for Mental Health Services

A. Kathryn Power, Director of SAMHSA’s Center for Mental Health Services, informs attendees about the importance of SAMHSA’s systems of care grant programs.
     
picture of youth performer Mauricio Marcés

Youth performer Mauricio Marcés, 18, performs “Who Says?” a soliloquy about how he changed his high school major to reflect his passion for acting.
picture of LeDerick Horne, a nationally recognized motivational speaker and advocate for people with disabilities

LeDerick Horne, a nationally recognized motivational speaker and advocate for people with disabilities, performs a spoken word piece.
picture of youth performer Claudina Harrison

Youth performer Claudina Harrison, 17, dances to “Destiny Pt. 1,” a gospel song, to inspire others to go forward even when obstacles seem to be in the way.
picture of T.J. Curtis, a youth advocate

T.J. Curtis, a youth advocate, talks about his role as the first chairman of Youth M.O.V.E. National. The organization is a youth-led subsidiary of the National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health.
       
picture of Hershel Walker

Addressing the audience after receiving his award, Hershel Walker said, “I am who I am, and I love myself. It is up to us to make a change—it is up to us.”
picture of youth co-hosts Keke Palmer (third from left), Mark Indelicato (third from right), meeting members of the audience

Youth co-hosts Keke Palmer (third from left) and Mark Indelicato (third from right) meet members of the audience.
picture of youth lyricists Nuri Hazzard and Elijah Cooper

Youth lyricists Nuri Hazzard, 16, and Elijah Cooper, 17, performed “Better Days,” an original song about triumph over adversity.
     
picture of youth spoken word artist and dancer Keziah John–Paul

Youth spoken word artist and dancer Keziah John–Paul, 15, performs a piece called “I’ve Come Back.” With her dance portion including movements reminiscent of African traditions, Andre Richardson provided accompaniment on drums.
picture of Keke Palmer introducing participants at the event

Keke Palmer introduces participants at the event. After her mother worked with children who had special needs, Ms. Palmer said that it’s important to be involved with these youth. “They have social needs as well,” she said. “No matter how many disabilities you have, you can always overcome them.”
 
     
     

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