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Mental health awareness week focuses on children

The colorful handprints of 1,700 children helped by Comcare, Sedgwick County’s mental health agency, are featured on a sign displayed to commissioners this morning.

It took several county employees to bring the sign in to the commission’s chambers and hold it up. The sign was so big many of the employees holding it couldn’t see over it. It wrapped around the entire seating area. Commissioner Tim Norton joked that it was not unusual for county employees to be behind the scenes.

Comcare director Marilyn Cook said the sign was created with Crayons, glitter, markers and other materials by children in the waiting room of Comcare.

Comcare is using Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week to increase public knowledge and interest in mental health issues affecting children.