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To help battle the stigma of mental health and encourage Texans to seek help when needed, the Children’s and Adults’ Mental Health Awareness Creative Arts Contest will shine a light on the often-taboo topic by showing why mental health matters.

For the seventh year, Texas System of Care and Texas Health and Human Services invite elementary, middle school and high school students and adults to create original artwork in the categories of poster art, writing, video, and photography. Particpants are asked to draw, write or record why mental health matters to them.

Deadline for entries is March 15.

Winners in each category will receive prizes and have their work published online. Winners will also be recognized in public galleries, including one at the State Capitol from April 30 to May 7. In years past, event t-shirts for Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day at the Capitol incorporate a winner’s artwork, including this one below from last year, taking a quote from the Middle School Creative Writing category.

See all of last year’s student winners here. You can see the adult winners on Texas Health and Human Services website.