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High Honors for the Children’s Mental Health Campaign

High Honors for the Children’s Mental Health Campaign

June 2, 2009

The Children’s Mental Health Campaign was honored by the Publicity Club of New England at the 40th annual Bell Ringer Awards.

The Bell Ringer recognizes excellence in communications and public relations work in every field and industry, and across all media – print, broadcast, and online. It remains the region’s premier competition for public relations and communications professionals.

The CMHC team received a merit award in the Public Affairs Campaign for its work on Yolanda’s law. Yolanda Torres was a courageous teen from Plymouth who testified in support of the bill on Beacon Hill in May 2007. Sadly, she took her own life in January 2008 and never saw the bill signed into law later that year.

Last night’s recognition of the team that put together a thoughtful and inspiring media campaign to raise awareness about children’s mental health and that ultimately helped to convince the Legislature to sign the bill into law belongs as much to Yolanda and her family as it does to the team that attended the event at the Westin Waterfront.
-Julia Christopher