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2021 Mental Health Awareness Creative Arts Contest

In recognition of Mental Health Awareness Month during the month of May, the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, in partnership with Texas Systems of Care and Texas Institute for Excellence in Mental Health, presents the 2021 Mental Health Awareness Creative Arts Contest for both children and adults. A prize will be awarded to three special winners and their submissions will be featured on the contest’s online gallery.

This annual event is designed to shine a light on the often-taboo topic of mental illness and further the effort to reduce the stigma associated with mental illness. As a result, we believe more Texans of all ages will seek help when needed.


The theme of this year’s event is “Why Mental Health Matters to You.” The contest is open to all Texans as we invite students and adults to participate in their respective age-group: Elementary, Middle School, High School, and Adults. Through their entries, contestants will help demystify mental illness and spread awareness by sharing their unique expressions of what mental health looks and feels like to them.



  • Poetry/Writing (no longer than 300 words)
  • Art and/or Poster Art
  • Photography



A team of judges will select the top submissions for each category and grade level. Judging will be based on originality, creativity, and how well an entry expresses this year’s theme.


HHSC and its partners will award a special price to each winner. Winning submissions will be featured through the contest’s online gallery at


Prior winning submissions were recognized in public galleries, including a showing at the Texas State Capitol. However, this year due to COVID-19, this option will be assessed for feasibility as we approach May 2021.


If you have questions regarding the 2021 Mental Health Awareness Creative Arts Contest email



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