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Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day art exhibition

May is Mental Health Awareness Month and the first Thursday of the first full week of May is National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day, which shines a national spotlight on the importance of caring for every child’s mental health and reinforces that positive mental health is essential to a child’s healthy development.

Beginning in 2020, the Division of Mental Health and Addiction began hosting a yearly art exhibition for youth where they can artistically express that year’s theme. In addition to the artwork, participants are required to identify a trusted sponsor (aged 18 and older). This sponsor will be a resource and safe place for the youth to share their project with and have a conversation with about their mental health and wellness.

Information on how to submit art for the next exhibition will be shared in early 2022 and past submissions may be viewed below.