2021 Posters for Change Contest has ended. Winners will be announced April 30th. Interested students can join us next year. Keep an eye out for posters throughout our community and ways you can sponsor poster displays to increase mental health awareness in our community.
2021 Celebrity Judges
Internationally renowned artist Christopher Maslow has painted murals all over the world. Most recognized for his multistory public works and his fine art paintings, Maslow expresses a deep artistic narrative and relevance amongst today’s modern art movement. A diverse painter at heart, Maslow blends a variety of artistic mediums and practices into his work. Abstract, realism, graffiti, and etherial surrealism mark some of the many methods that make up Maslow’s work. Maslow works closely in collaboration with non-profits, collectors, brands, and corporations to create unique custom tailored projects and has worked with with a wide variety of clients such as Starbucks, Salesforce, and The Florida Institute of Technology.
Marty Mercado is Director of Development with Aging Matters in Brevard and enjoys working with the community through Meals on Wheels. In the art world, Marty brings more than 30 years of dance experience to Brevard County. Born in Pinellas County, she trained with Mrs. Agnus Phillips, dance master for the Royal Ballet in England, and teachers from University of Utah, University of South Florida, American Ballet Theatre, Kirov School of Leningrad and Ballet Concerto Company of Cuba. Ms. Mercado has worked as a teaching artist for Brevard Cultural Alliance, Very Special Arts of Florida, and youth at-risk organizations. She created dance curriculum for Arts for a Complete Education with the Florida Alliance for Arts Education, served on the Florida Dance Association Board of Directors, and worked with the dance writing team for the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards for the Arts (NGSSS-Arts). She has produced original works at the King Center and the Henegar Center. Currently, she is co-curator and co-producer of Robot Love Art Exhibit. An event that proves you are human.
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All interested 6th -12th grade students are encouraged to enter our 3rd Annual Mental Health Posters for Change Contest and help us:
-Increase Mental Health Awareness
-Change the Conversation, End Stigma, Save Lives
-Foster a Culture of Inclusion
Eight finalists will win $100 awards to honor them as Advocates for Change and support their outreach efforts. Email us at email@example.com with any questions regarding entry.
Each year Counselors for Change sponsors a mental health awareness poster contest open to public, private, and home school 6-12th grade students.
The Counselors for Change Board of Directors, Committee Members, Volunteers, and Community Representatives will oversee selection of the posters achieving awards.
There will be four posters chosen for junior high school (6th-8th grade) and four posters chosen for senior high school (9th-12th grade) awards. The winning posters will be selected based on the following categories:
Empower Award: Poster that best empowers people with resources to improve their mental health with representations of healthy skills and resources to achieve optimal mental health and wellness.
Inspire Award: Poster that best inspires people to take action to improve individual and community mental health by changing the conversations around mental health and challenges destructive mental health myths, stereotypes, and stigmas.
Connect Award: Poster that best illustrates positive mental health related themes of inclusion, equality, equity, and social justice and challenges biases and judgements.
Prevent Award: Poster that best illustrates suicide prevention and awareness themes that encourage and support those struggling with suicidality and their loved ones.
Posters will be judged on originality, creativity, and visual impact related to the mental health topics and award themes.
- Any 6-12th grade student(s) currently enrolled in a public, private, or home school program may participate.
- Posters may be created by individual students or by groups of same grade students. Prize will be shared.
- Poster need to incorporate the Counselors for Change website http://www.counselorsforchange.org, and the artist’s name.
- All posters must be submitted by March 26, 2021. Winners will be announced publicly April 30, 2021 on Counselors for Change’s Facebook and Instagram accounts. Winners will be contacted directly prior to public announcement.
- No student or group may submit more than one poster per category.
- Posters will be submitted using the provided digital guidelines. Failure to do so will result in disqualification from the contest.
Designs should consider following guiding principles:
• Poster illustrates selected category topic & healthy coping strategies for helping self or others.
• Increases awareness of accurate mental health information.
• Incorporates healthy resources and support systems.
• Challenges myths, stigma, and stereotypes by defining topic through research-based facts.
Mental Health Topics Ideas for Poster
• Healthy Relationships: Being a Good Friend/Role Model, Boundaries, Consent, Dating Violence
• Brain Health (sleep, nutrition, exercise, nature, social connections, life balance)
• Emotions, Self-Regulation, & Mindfulness
• Marginalized populations and social justice issues related to mental health
• Academic Pressure & Life Balance
• Stress & Anxiety
• Substance use, abuse, and addiction (vaping, drugs, alcohol)
• Healthy media behaviors (social media, video gaming, cellphone use)
• Bullying Prevention
• Suicide Prevention/Awareness
Resource Ideas for Accurate Mental Health Information
• American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
• American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
• American Counseling Association
• American Psychiatric Association
• American Psychological Association
• American Psychological Society
• Anti-Defamation League
• American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
• Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
• Center for Mental Health Services
• Mental Health America
• National Institute of Mental Health
• National Mental Health Association
• National Women’s Health Resource Center
• The National Child Traumatic Stress Network
• NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness)
• Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
• The Trevor Project
• World Federation for Mental Health
Use of Digital Images in Posters:
Counselors for Change encourages students to incorporate their own original hand drawn, painted, multimedia, or digitally created artwork in their posters. The poster must be able to be scanned for submission. If students wish to incorporate digital images created by others, whether in original or modified format, these images must conform to one of the following conditions and must be limited to 20% of the content:
- Be in the public domain (locatable through sites such as http://www.publicdomainpictures.net/index.php or
- Have a Creative Commons license (locatable through https://search.creativecommons.org, which searches multiple databases, including Google Images, Wikimedia Commons, Pixabay, and Flickr), including sourcing information in order to verify it.
- Be legally purchased from the owner.
- Be accompanied by written permission from the owner.
We encourage students to work with the copyright specialist in their school or zoned school if homeschooled (usually the librarian or the technology specialist).
In any of the above cases, if students incorporate someone else’s work in their poster, appropriate credit must be given upon submission, including: the author’s name and the date the image was created (if available), the database or website from which the image was obtained, and the terms under which the image is used (e.g., public domain, Creative Commons license, etc.). This copyright information can be attached in a separate file labeled Copyright Information with the poster image submission much like a bibliography would be attached to an essay.
Poster entries that do not conform to the above guidelines will be disqualified.
Counselors for Change encourages students to practice good digital citizenship!
Digital submission guidelines:
All posters will be submitted in digital form. Students must hold on to the original artwork for posters that were drawn, painted, or used multimedia should it be chosen for an award and displayed in addition to the digital entry. The digital version of the winning poster will be displayed on the Counselors for Change website http://www.counselorsforchange.org and social media channels https://www.facebook.com/counselorsforchange/ , https://www.instagram.com/counselors4change/. Organizations who partner with us and share our mission to increase mental health awareness, education, outreach, and advocacy will also have access to display the artwork and note the artist or artists.
- Scan original poster in high resolution and save it as a .pdf file and .jpeg/.gif file. You can also use a poster template like those provided by PowerPoint programs. If you use pictures in your poster, make sure that they are high resolution. If you use a template, you still need to save the poster as a .pdf file.
- Save the poster as “c4cfirstinitiallastnameschoolgrade” For example: A ninth grader with the first name Eli last name of Smith from Bayside High School would be c4cesmithbayside9.pdf
- The student, parent, or teacher needs to complete the Google Consent and Submission Form as a part of submission : (1) the parent permission form for each participating artist, (2) the student submission form for each participating artist (3) the poster submission attachment and (4) copyright information when digital artwork that is not original is used.