FSGC to receive national recognition

(Family Service & Guidance Center) – Family Service & Guidance Center will be presented a 2013 Award of Excellence by the National Council for Community Behavioral HealthCare at the Council’s conference in Las Vegas next week. FSGC and the agency’s annual Works of Heart Art Event and Auction will be recognized for “innovative and inspirational efforts to change the lives of children and families living with mental illness.” The Award is for Artistic Contribution and honors the use of artistic expression in the treatment of individuals with mental illness as well as leading to greater understanding of people struggling with mental illness.

“The Works of Heart Art Event and Auction is an incredibly creative effort to give children with mental illness a chance to express themselves. FSGC is nurturing hope and helping these children live happy and productive lives, surrounded by supportive people who love them,” said Linda Rosenberg, President and CEO of the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare.

“Art can be the perfect outlet for a child’s emotions when words just won’t come. Our children who create art as part of their therapy are experiencing tremendous benefits, and the Works of Heart Art Event celebrates their immense talent,” said FSGC Chief Executive Officer Brenda Mills.

FSGC will also receive a $10,000 cash award at the National Council’s conference April 8-10.

Over 350 art enthusiasts and community leaders attend the Works of Heart Art Event and Auction each year. Art created by 10-15 of FSGC’s talented young clients is selected to be auctioned off at the event. The artists attend the event with their families and have the opportunity to meet with those in attendance and talk about what art means to them. The artists are formally recognized at the event, and proceeds benefit the families FSGC serves by ensuring that children’s mental health programs are available in the community. The children’s art pieces sell for as much as $1,500.

Family Service & Guidance Center is a non-profit community mental health center that serves over 12,000 children, adolescents and families with a full range of mental health care services to children and their families. FSGC has been improving children’s lives since 1904.

For more information on the 2013 Award of Excellence, the Works of Heart Art Event and Auction or any of FSGC’s programs or services, contact Pam Evans, FSGC Director of Marketing and Development, at 785-232-7902 or pevans@fsgctopeka.com.

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