HHSC to host Mental Health Creative Arts Contest Virtual Reception on May 26

For those interested, here is what you need to know.

AUSTIN, Texas – On Wednesday, May 26, the Texas Health and Human Services Commission will hold a virtual reception to highlight art submissions and contest winners from the Mental Health Creative Arts Contest from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Mental health and mental wellness will be highlighted in the art contest as pivotal parts of health overall. The contest and reception, which will be hosted by HHSC, the Texas System of Care and the Texas Insitute for Excellence in Mental Health at the University of Texas at Austin, will showcase Mental Health Awareness Month in May.

“We work every day to fight stigma, educate the public and provide support for people with mental illness,” said Sonja Gaines, deputy executive commissioner of HHSC Intellectual and Developmental Disability and Behavioral Health Services. “This contest highlights profound artwork while creating a togetherness in the community to bring awareness to a critically important topic and HHSC is excited to once again be a part of this inspiring event.”

“Why Does Mental Health Matter to You?” is the theme for this years contest, which helps fight the stigma against mental health. A slideshow of the winning artwork will be presented at the virtual reception, along with a live question-and-answer panel with the artists, words from HHSC Executive Leadership and a chance to vote for the People’s Choice Award.

Visit the GoToWebinar webpage to register for the event. Winners of all age groups for original artwork, writing and photography will be announced before the reception and posted on the Texas System of Care Gallery webpage.

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