BENEFITING: Lucy Daniels Center for Early Childhood
EVENT DATE: Aug 31, 2013
Many of you know that I serve on the Board of Directors for the Lucy Daniels Center. The Center’s mission is to help children live emotionally healthy lives through in-depth evaluation and treatment, family involvement, and education. They do amazing work. What you may not know is why I feel so passionately about the work the Center does.
Growing up, we just didn't talk about our emotions. My childhood was less than ideal and there were many times I could definitely have benefited from talking to a mental health professional. But in our household, like many other minority households, mental illness was viewed as a problem for "crazy folks" or a weakness and definitely could not apply to a vivacious kid like me who made the honor roll. Furthermore, the worse thing I could do was "put our family business out in the street". So I suffered in silence and tried to work through feelings of being lost and intense bouts of sadness that lasted longer than what I now realize to be the norm.
I know many of you are surprised I am sharing this because I am typically private about my childhood. But I need your help. Our board has committed to raising a percentage of those funds and looking to the community for their support. If you’re already convinced this is a good cause and worth donating to, read no more and go to my link to help my campaign to “get kids back to happy.” Just click here: http://www.crowdrise.com/dwatson/fundraiser/desheliawatson
If you want to know more or still need convincing, read on…
· According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a new report stated that one in every five children could qualify for a mental health disorder diagnosis.
· African Americans are 20% more likely to report having serious psychological distress than non-Hispanic Whites, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Services. Yet young adult African Americans, especially those with higher levels of education, are less likely to seek mental health services than their White counterparts, according to a study published by the American Psychological Association.
· Contrary to popular practice, medication is NOT always needed, and in most cases, merely masks the real issues.
· In FYI 2011/2012, the Center served more than 650 children through a range of programs including a therapeutic school, and counseling services offered at the Center and in families’ homes.
So I am asking you to do me a favor. Trade me. Give up something you enjoy for a few days and help give the gift of happy to a child.
· Starbucks for the work week = $25
· Mani/Pedi = $50
· Movie night for four with popcorn and soda = $100
My Goal = $1,000 divided by $25 X 40 people
HELP ME MAKE IT HAPPEN!! Go to this link:
Mental illness is not something I would want for any child. As the mother of two precious girls, it’s something I work tirelessly to prevent for my children and others. Please join me by supporting this worthy cause.
Learn more about the Lucy Daniels Center at http://www.lucydanielscenter.org/