2021 CMHM Art Contest

Did you know that 1 in 5 children and youth in South Carolina experiences a mental health condition in a given year?

Although mental health conditions are common among children and youth, approximately half of them do not receive treatment. This is due to several factors including stigma—which is caused by misinformation or fear. Stigma has a significant impact on whether or not we:

  • seek treatment for ourselves or our children;
  • encourage and support others to seek treatment; and,
  • notice and appropriately respond to behaviors and expressions of feelings and thoughts that indicate something else may be happening.

It is important to take opportunities to combat stigma by providing factual information, resources and hope to others who may be experiencing mental health conditions in silence.

The Federation of Families of South Carolina (FFSC) holds an annual statewide Art Contest for children, youth and young adults (up to age 25) to serve as a positive and create outlet to combat stigma.

For the past 18 years, the winning artwork from this contest has been used to design the poster for Children’s Mental Health Month (CMHM). The winning art will be the one that best represents the theme “Messengers of Hope: You are Not Alone!”. The CMHM posters are proudly displayed in community mental health centers and schools across the state.

FFSC recognizes the month of May as Children’s Mental Health Month and celebrates National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week, which is observed the first full week of May.

The prizes are as follows: 1st place: $100, 2nd place: $50 & 3rd place: $25

Deadline for entries: Friday, January 29, 2021, by 5:00 p.m.

An entry form must be completed and submitted with artwork. For more information about rules, requirements and how to access the entry form, please click the boxes below.
If you have any questions, please call our toll-free number at 866.779.0402 or email quinton@fedfamsc.org.

Please submit all artwork to:
Federation of Families of SC
810 Dutch Square Blvd. Suite 486
Columbia, SC 29210

2020 Children’s Mental Health Poster

2020 Art for Poster by Emelia Nix

The Art Contest is held yearly to celebrate Children’s Mental Health Month!
Here is a feature of our 2020 Children’s Mental Health Month Poster!


Federation of Families of SC
810 Dutch Square Blvd. Suite 486
Columbia, SC 29210

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