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“Untitled” by Marceli O., 2nd Place, High School Original Artwork (2018)

The Children’s and Adults’ Mental Health Awareness Creative Arts Contest shines a light on an often-overlooked topic and shows why mental health matters. To educate people about how common mental illnesses are and to encourage Texans to seek help when they need it, our yearly themes reflect the move toward treating mental illness with the same openness as other illnesses.

This contest is held by Texas System of Care, Texas Institute for Excellence in Mental Health at the University of Texas at Austin, and Texas Health and Human Services Commission.

2019 Contest Theme

Why Does Mental Health Matter to You?

Entry Categories

Multiple entries are accepted!

Original Artwork

Combines drawing, pictures and/or words to express the contest theme

Writing

Story, essay or poem no longer than 300 words based on the contest theme

Photography

Original photo that expresses the contest theme

Who Can Enter

Our contest is open to Texas students and adults in four age groups

Elementary

Pre-K through grade 5

Middle School

Grades 6–8

High School

Grades 9–12

Adults

Ages 18 and up

Got artwork? Submit it now!

Prizes

Winners in each age group and category will receive special prizes and have their work recognized in a public gallery at the Texas State Capitol during the month of May. Winning submissions will also be published on contest holders’ official websites.

Scholarship Opportunity: The Quell Foundation will distribute a $1,000 scholarship to the writing category winner who is a current college student or high school senior enrolling in the 2019-2020 academic year. Learn more.

Judging

Judging is based on originality, creativity and how well your entry expresses the contest theme. A team of judges will select the top submissions for each category and grade level. Entries, once submitted, become the property of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission and Texas System of Care and may be used for the purpose of promoting awareness of mental health issues. Entries may be posted to the HHSC and Texas System of Care websites and used in promotional materials.