2015 Children’s Mental Health Awareness Creativity Contest
The Mental Health and Substance Abuse Division of the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) and the Texas System of Care are hosting the 4th annual statewide creativity contest to promote Children’s Mental Health Week, May 3-9. The theme for 2015 is “Stand Up for Mental Health.” There are three categories: Writing, Poster, and Video creation. Winners in each category will be recognized on Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day, May 7, 2015. The winners’ work will be displayed at the Texas State Capitol in our exhibit promoting Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week and will be posted on both the DSHS and Texas System of Care sites. The top submissions in each category will also be included in a survey distributed to participating schools and communities so that participants may vote on the winning entries. The survey will be available here by mid-April.
All Texas Elementary, Middle, and High School students are eligible to participate.
“Stand Up for Mental Health.”
Students are encouraged to draw, write, and/or record a video showing how they help themselves and others stand up for mental health.
Contest Category Rules
- Must be an original artwork that combines drawings/pictures and/or words to express the contest theme.
- Materials used may include pencil, ink, charcoal, crayon, markers, pastel, paint, mixed media, collage, or similar 2D media.
- Poster must fit on a standard 8½" x 11" sheet of paper. Larger or smaller work will be disqualified.
- First and last name of student and name of student’s school must be included on the back of the poster.
- Entry must be a story, essay, or poem based on the contest theme and no longer than 300 words.
- Entry must be typed or, if handwritten, must be legible.
- Please ask an adult to review spelling and grammar for errors prior to submission.
- First and last name of student and name of student’s school must be included on the back of the page.
Video Contest Rules
- Create an original 60-120 second video/film that addresses this year’s theme
- You can submit an individual or group entry in the video/film category
- The video/film must be posted on www.youtube.com and must be appropriate for children.
Judging will be 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. Those submissions will be part of a survey shared with schools, students and communities to vote on the winners.
How to Enter
Each entry must be submitted with the contest entry form. If a participant would like their entry displayed and/or published for State use, a parent or guardian must sign the contest entry form granting consent for the use of the participant’s work. A copy of this form is available online at www.dshs.state.tx.us/mhsa/greenribbon/officialentryform/.
- All paper entries must have the name of the student and school written on the back.
- Entries must be received by 6:00 PM, April 21, 2015
- Entries may be emailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Entries may be sent by postal mail to:
CMHAD Art Contest
1717 West 6th Street, Suite 335
Austin, Texas 78703
Entries, once submitted, become the property of the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) and Texas System of Care, and may be used for the purpose of promoting awareness of children’s mental health issues. Entries may be posted to the DSHS and Texas System of Care web sites and used in promotional materials.