Gov. Evers declares Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day
MADISON, Wis. — Gov. Tony Evers declared Thursday Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day in Wisconsin.
During the proclamation, Evers highlighted parts of his budget that will cover more services for children.
At the event, mental health advocate Abbi Hicks shared her strory with lawmakers. She said she has struggled with anxiety, self-harming behaviors, borderline personality disorder and more. Eventually, she found a support system that helped her overcome those challenges.
“It’s important to keep in mind that children are not defined by their mental health needs. They are humans first,” Hicks said. “Knowing that there’s even a speck of hope can help keep people alive and thriving.”
Hicks is now studying psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She has minors Spanish and child and adolescent studies.
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