Jun 8, 2021

How can you support a friend struggling with their mental health? We asked students to answer this through art in one of the following categories: audiovisual, written, or artistic still.

MAMH partnered with the Massachusetts Health Council for our second annual May is Mental Health "Youth Expressions" contest for middle school and high school students. Students across the Commonwealth used a range of art forms to describe how they support friends and maintain their own mental health - even during a pandemic.

We asked students to enter their submissions in one of the following categories: audiovisual, written, or artistic still. We were thrilled with the overwhelming response and quality of submissions. A wide variety of ideas from all over Massachusetts were submitted, demonstrating the importance of paying attention to our own mental health and supporting our friends with theirs.

Written

1st place: Amaiya Altamirano

2nd place: Jessica Chen

3rd place: Sinead Olson

Artistic Still

Drawing by Jesse Ding on young girl hugging grandmother

Caption 1st place winner, Jesse Ding

art by Misael Nunez of words written inside a person's silhouette

Caption 2nd place winner, Misael Godoy Nuñez

Collage by Kaila Hardy, third place winner of 2021 youth expressions contest

Caption 3rd place winner, Kaila Hardy

Audiovisual

1st place: Bridget Loudon

2nd place: Ezinne Marie Onyemah

3rd place: James Shiang

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