AIM For Mental Heath and Carmel Sunset Rotary Club

 

I am a proud member of The Carmel Sunset Rotary. Our club has partnered with AIM to host an art exhibition and reception for the young artist of the 3rd annual AIM Ad Contest. Aim is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization dedicated to youth mental health research and awareness. A national leader based here in Carmel and focused on comprehensive strategy for urgent complex crisis, funding research awarding postdoctoral fellowships and raising awareness.

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We have all been touched in some way by the heartbreaking realities of youth mental health. The truth is it is a growing epidemic with 1 in 5 children, teens, and young adults struggling with their mental health. Yet there is a stigma around the topic. So let's end the silence, lets talk about mental health, let's start effecting the change.

The Ad contest is an approach to bring greater awareness aligned with AIM's mission. They are looking for Ads that can provide hope to someone struggling with mental heath. I was so moved by the art work created last year. Very raw and heart felt bridging schools all over our peninsula in different social, economic, and cultural climates. Mental Health dose not discriminate. It was a beautiful thing to see the empowerment that happened when the artwork was hung and framed and the kids were able to communicate something so personal and be seen.

As an artist I feel that I must always be active in my way to help out when asked anyway I can. Service and cause are a great source of inspiration. I have been blessed and inspired by so many mental health is something very close to my heart. I am looking forward to framing and placing this years art. I am so proud of the young people who have the courage to create beautiful art breaking the stigma through their creativity and personal stories.

The Artwork that won best of show is the feature artwork for this event this year. I think it speaks for itself.