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Mental Health America of Greater Houston and Nick Finnegan Counseling Center reminds greater Houston area parents, caregivers, teachers and children that the deadline for entries in the 2016 #HTxMentalHealth Children’s Art Contest is April 10, 2016.

Now in its 2nd year, the contest is open to all children between the ages of 5-14 years old. This year’s theme, “How I Take Care of My Thoughts and Feelings,” gives children a way to express their understanding of mental health.

The #HTxMentalHealth Children’s Art Contest is held in observance of National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week (May 1-7) and Children’s Mental Health Day (May 5). There is no cost to participate. Complete contest details and entry forms can be found at

Two (2) winners from each age level ( Level 1: Ages 5-7 Level 2: Ages 8-10 Level 3: Ages 11-14) will receive more than $300 in prizes including, but not limited to gift cards, museum passes, bowling passes, zoo tickets, and art supplies, recognition at an awards reception in their honor, and have their artwork featured in a gallery display. A digital gallery of the winning artwork and the artwork of all participants will appear on the contest website,

Research shows that half of all lifetime cases of mental illness emerge before a child’s 14th birthday. “We hope that through the art contest parents and those who care for children will have a chance to learn more about children’s mental health issues, and an opportunity to begin talking, learning and thinking about mental health, said Traci Patterson, Director of Communications at Mental Health America of Greater Houston.

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