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Art contest seeking entries

Thursday, December 2, 2021 by Tai Moses

An annual art contest is seeking submissions to raise awareness of mental health issues. The theme of this year’s Texas Mental Health Creative Arts Contest is “Why Does Mental Health Matter to You?” Participants have until March 15 to submit their original work in one of three categories: artwork, writing or photography. Dr. Courtney Harvey, associate commissioner of the Texas HHSC Office of Mental Health Coordination, explained the impetus behind the contest. “When people share their perspectives and experiences through art, it can help them process their emotions and kickstart conversations that inspire connection, provide encouragement, and give hope to others facing similar challenges. Those healthy discussions can be the push someone may need to seek support and really start taking care of their mental health, and that can save lives.” The contest is open to Texans of all ages and is judged in four age groups: elementary, middle school, high school and adult. Last year, the contest drew 687 submissions. Find submission details here.

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