Upcoming Events:

  • Board Meetings are open to anyone interested in learning more about CCMH.
    • Board Meetings are typically held the first Tuesday of the month.
    • If you are interested in attending the Board Meeting please contact CCMH at hudsonccmh@gmail.com for the location
  • February 2018:
    • Poster Contest Judging—Wednesday, February 28th
  • March 2018:
    • Poster Contest Reception—Thursday, March 15th
  • TBD: “Yoga & Mindfulness” Program
    “An Introduction to Mindfulness and Its Role in the Classroom” - Presented by Jessica Jensen
    Mindfulness is a topic that is being heavily explored for use in schools and classrooms across the country. Find out how your child may already be learning mindfulness, and what the science says about using mindfulness as an educational tool!

Past Events:

  • October 4, 2016: Presentation- "Singing for Life- Why Singing in a Choir is Goodfor Children's Physical and Mental Health.”
    • The Coalition for Children’s Mental Health is excited to announce that Eve Sliwinski will be giving a presentation. Mrs. Sliwinski will be talking about singing and the physical and mental health benefits of collaborative singing in a choir.
    • Mrs. Sliwinski is a life-long musician, conductor and singer. She has directed choirs locally and throughout the United States. She is the founding director of the Hudson Community Youth Chorus which was established in September, 2014 under the auspices of the Hudson Community Chorus. The Youth Chorus is for treble voices, girls from fifth grade through twelfth grade and boys from fifth grade to voice change. She is also the director of the Hudson Community Children's Chorus which began in September 2015 and is for third, fourth and fifth graders in Hudson and the surrounding communities. From 2005 to 2010, she was the Director of Music at First Congregational Church in Hudson.
    • Mrs. Sliwinski holds a Master’s Degree in Music Education with Choral Emphasis from Edinboro University and a Bachelor of Music Education from Lamont School of Music at the University of Denver. She has completed postgraduate work at Westminster Choir College, Towson State University, the Choral Music Experience, Elon University and the British Kodaly Academy. She has studied with Rene Clausen, Anton Armstrong and Craig Arnold and has performed with the Cleveland Orchestra Chorus, the Blossom Chorus and Sloane Square Choral Society, London.
  • December 6, 2016: CCMH New Volunteer Reception & Board Meeting
  • January 2017: CCMH Annual Poster Contest Kick Off
  • February 2017: Book Club- The Whole Brain Child by Daniel J. Siegel, M.D., & Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D.
  • March 16, 2017: CCMH Annual Poster Contest Reception –
    Thursday, March 16, 2017 at 6:00PM in the Hudson High School Media Center
  • April 4, 2017: “Ask the Expert” Panel- 7:00PM in the Eastwoods Media Center. CCMH will open the floor for all attendees to ask questions that increase our collective understanding of mental health in children as well as what parents and other adults can do to support the mental health of children in our community. The “Ask the Experts” panel includes professionals experienced in children’s mental health including:
    -Dr. Sarah Adams: Pediatrician at Akron Children’s Hospital
    -Dr. Kelly Christian: Psychologist and Director of Ethan D.

             Schafer Center at Lawrence School
           -Dr. Laura Gerak: Psychologist at Akron Children’s Hospital
           -Mrs. Nicole Carmichael: Counselor at Hudson High School
           -Ms. Shelley Laudato: Counselor at Hudson High School
           -Darlene LaFontaine: Parent Mentor at Hudson City Schools

Annual Events:

CCMH Poster Contest

     CCMH sponsors a poster contest each year to engage students in a discussion about mental health issues. The Coalition recognizes that mental illness affects all of us in one way or another. With 1 in 5 children experiencing a mental health disorder, we all know someone experiencing difficulties, such as anxiety or depression. It is important to hear these stories and not let the devastating effects of mental illness stay quiet. By sharing these stories we help each other cope and form a connection.

     Art, Science & Health Teachers, Guidance Counselors and Occupational Therapists are encouraged to use this contest as part of their curriculum. All students are urged to submit a poster. The winning posters will be used by CCMH throughout the year in various avenues to promote our mission.

CCMH Poster Contest 2018

  • Themes:
    • K-5: Making the world a better place, I can do that!
      • Encouraging children to think of positive ways they can help, inspire and encourage others around them (e.g. peers, siblings, community). 
    • 6-12: Labels and Stigmas: How They Affect Me.
      • Acknowledging the impact of labels and the stigma that comes with them; creating awareness of the effects that labels and stigmas can have on one’s mental health.
        • According to the World Health Organization (2014), “Mental health: a state of well-being: Mental health is defined as a state of well-being in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community” (para. 1).¹

CCMH Poster Contest 2017

  • Themes:
    • Middle & High School Students Theme: “The Six Dimensions of Wellness: Physical, Spiritual, Intellectual, Social, Occupational, and Emotional” While this is open for interpretation, it is suggested that students explore each “dimension” and how it pertains to overall mental health, and portray a single dimension or how they all work harmoniously to create balance.
    • Kindergarten – 5​ th​ Grade Students Theme: “Zones of Regulation” Students may represent one or multiple zones in their poster, or tools and methods that they use to regulate their zones. Again, it is up to the student’s interpretation of the theme.

CCMH Poster Contest 2016

  • Themes:
    • Middle & High School Students Theme:
      “Celebrate and Embrace Differences: Understanding and Compassion Breeds Unity”
    • Kindergarten – 5th Grade Students Theme:
      “All Feelings Matter”

CCMH Poster Contest 2015

  • Themes:
    • Middle & High School Students Theme:  “What Is Normal Anyway? Reducing the Stigma of Mental Illness.”
  • Kindergarten – 5th Grade Students Theme:  “The Leader in Me” – choose any one principle