Mental Health Awareness Art Contest Open, Deadline is March 15

Texas children and adults are joining forces to shine the light on mental health conditions that affect millions of people.  

The 2018 Children’s and Adults’ Mental Health Awareness Creative Arts Contest is now open and the deadline for entries is March 15.

Texas Health and Human Services and the Texas System of Care invites Texas students and adults to tell their stories about why mental health matters to them through poster art, writing, videos and photography, and have their work displayed and published across the state.

“By sharing their work, contest participants will provide a creative way to start conversations about mental health around the state," said Sonja Gaines, HHS associate commissioner for Intellectual and Developmental Disability and Behavioral Health Services. “Creative expression is a powerful way to reduce the stigma surrounding mental health challenges and give people the confidence to get the help they need.”

The contest, now in its sixth year, is part of Mental Health Awareness Month, in May, and is part of HHS’s work to help people understand the importance of getting help for mental and behavioral health conditions and make the general public more aware of issues surrounding mental health challenges. “Every year, I look forward to seeing the creativity and talent of people across the state and to learning what mental health means to them,” Gaines said. “Increasing our understanding of the different ways people experience mental health challenges means we can do a better job of helping them through these challenges and of providing them with the right services at the right time and place to meet their needs.”

To enter, fill out an entry form below and email your scanned entry or video link to the Texas System of Care. For complete details about the contest, including rules, how to submit entries and judging criteria, download the 2018 Creative Arts Contest Guidelines.