Media Advisory

Texas Health and Human Services Commission

Cecile Erwin Young
HHS Executive Commissioner
Date:May 21, 2021
Contact:
Danielle Pestrikoff, 512-424-6951

HHSC Hosts Mental Health Creative Arts Contest Virtual Reception

AUSTIN – The Texas Health and Human Services Commission will host a virtual reception to highlight art submissions and contest winners from the Mental Health Creative Arts Contest on Wednesday, May 26.

The art contest highlights mental health and mental wellness as pivotal parts of overall health by showcasing Mental Health Awareness Month in May. The contest and reception are hosted by HHSC, the Texas System of Care, and the Texas Institute for Excellence in Mental Health at the University of Texas at Austin.

“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.”

This year’s theme is “Why Does Mental Health Matter to You?” and the contest helps fight the stigma against mental health. The virtual reception will include a slideshow of the winning artwork, a live question-and-answer panel with the artists, remarks from HHSC Executive Leadership, and an opportunity to vote for the People’s Choice Award.

The Texas Mental Health Creative Arts Contest Virtual Reception is Wednesday, May 26, 4 - 6 p.m. To register, visit the GoToWebinar webpage. Winners across all age groups for original artwork, writing and photography will be announced prior to the reception and posted on the Texas System of Care Gallery webpage.  

For more information about HHS programs, visit the Services & Providers A-Z page.