February 14, 2020
The large artwork display features prints of the winning pieces in the Children’s and Adults’ Mental Health Awareness Art Contest last year.
The large artwork display features prints of the winning pieces in the Children’s and Adults’ Mental Health Awareness Art Contest last year.

The 2020 Texas Mental Health Creative Arts Contest is accepting entries for original artwork, writing and photography across all age groups.

The contest is intended to bring attention to Mental Health Awareness Month in May and help fight mental health stigma. This year’s theme is “Why Does Mental Health Matter to You?”

“Many individuals across the state have either experienced a mental health challenge or know someone who has. While mental health is just as important as physical health, it’s not something that the general public feels comfortable talking about,” said Kisha Ledlow, Texas System of Care Project Director in the HHS Office of Mental Health Coordination.

“Asking this question not only allows individuals to share their talents, creativity and experiences, it opens up a dialogue and reduces the stigma surrounding the topic. It sparks a conversation about mental health and mental wellness and why it’s important.”

The artwork will be judged on originality, creativity and how well the contest theme is expressed. Winners from each category and age group will receive prizes and have their work displayed in a public gallery at the state Capitol in May and published on the Texas Mental Health Creative Arts Contest website. The submission deadline is March 1.

The contest, first held in 2012, has grown each year. Last year was the first time entries could be submitted electronically, and there were 773 submissions, more than doubling from 2018 which was a record high.

To see a glimpse from last year’s Mental Health Creative Arts reception, view this video.

To submit an entry and for contest guidelines, visit the submission webpage.

For questions, visit the Texas System of Care website or send an email.