2016 #HTxMental Health Children's Art Contest

2016 #HTxMental Health Children's Art Contest
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Half of all lifetime mental illnesses occur by age 14 and the face of mental health gets younger. Few kids or families talk about mental health, but the #HTxMentalHealth Children’s Art Contest, established by Mental Health America of Greater Houston and the Nick Finnegan Counseling Center, opens the door for children and parents, and communities to begin conversations about mental health.

This year’s #HTxMentalHealth Children’s Art Contest theme, “How I Take Care of My Thoughts and Feelings,” offered children ages 5 – 14 an opportunity to create and submit original art based on their understanding of mental health. The contest also provided parents and other adults who encounter or work with children information on mental health and an occasion to begin the conversation about mental health with children.

The 2016 #HTXMentalHealth Children’s Art Contest Winners are:

• Artemis J. Ayala, Woodrow Wilson Montessori, “A Glance Into the Eyes of a HANGRY Kitty”
• Christopher Cordova, Park Place Elementary, “The Boy Who Drew”
• Akilah Lopez, St. Mary's School, “An Open Heart”
• Armani Obasi, Williams Elementary, “Leaving the Negative Behind”
• Geovani Obasi, Reading Jr. High School, “The Bright Side of Things”
• Victoria Ortega, Park Place Elementary, “Cookies and Kisses”
• Pastel Schway, Christa McAuliffe, "Say No To Eating Disorders”
• Poem Schway, School: Christa McAuliffe,“Cheery Things”

Young artists and winners of the 2016 #HTxMentalHealth Children’s Art Contest will have their art displayed in a mental health exhibit at The Health Museum (1515 Hermann Dr, Houston, TX 77004) from May 5 through June 30, 2016.