In 2019, rather than present the Kathy Cunningham Mental Health Advocacy Award, the decision was made to present scholarships to Claritycon2019 in Kathy's memory. Details on the scholarship applications will be announced in late June 2019 in the Clarity Child Guidance Center eNews.
Kathy Cunningham passed away in November 2013. She was a registered nurse, certified addictions registered nurse and administrator of managed care for Clarity Child Guidance Center. She was also a tireless and devoted advocate who gave over 30 years of her life to the cause of mental health, as a parent, a community member and a health care professional. Kathy left behind a loving family, many friends, and a legacy of service, especially as an advocate for children's mental health.
Clarity Child Guidance Center created the Kathy Cunningham Mental Health Advocacy to recognize her years of service to the kids of our community. It is intended for people on the front lines, advocating for children's mental health.
Mercedes Bristol (left, with Caroline Bergeron from The Health Collaborative) was named the recipient of the 2018 Kathy Cunningham Mental Health Advocacy Award at Claritycon2018.
Mercedes is co-chair of the San Antonio Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Coalition. She started the coalition under the leadership of the Bexar County Health Collaborative. With her co-chair, she organizes monthly meetings with about 20 different community partners to help provide financial, legal and health resources to grandparents raising their grandchildren. Mercedes is a grandmother raising five grandchildren.
This grandmother has made a difference as a state representative in the Generations United Grandfamilies Advocacy Network Demonstration, and testifying in the Texas Legislature.
Mercedes received her award from Clarity CGC Past Governing Board Chair Ben Scott, and Kathy's daughter, Stephanie Carter. The presentation included an engraved glass award and a check for $500 which she "has to spend on herself."
Mercedes is the fourth recipient of the award.
Ed and Jackie Dickey received the 2017 Kathy Cunningham Mental Health Advocacy Award. They are both State Trainers for the NAMI "Family to Family" and "Basics" educational programs, teaching families how to advocate and better assist a family member or child with mental illness.
Stephanie Contreras, a music teacher from McAuliffe Elementary in McAllen, Texas was the 2016 Kathy Cunningham Mental Health Advocacy Award recipient.
Patti Derr, founder of the advocacy group Texas Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health, was the first recipient of the Kathy Cunningham Mental Health Advocacy Award presented at Claritycon2015.
Contact Mike Hannan 210.582.6439 for more information.