CCMH's Annual Poster Contest

     CCMH sponsors a poster contest each year to engage students in a discussion about mental health issues. The Coalition recognizes that mental illness affects all of us in one way or another. With 1 in 5 children experiencing a mental health disorder, we all know someone experiencing difficulties, such as anxiety or depression. It is important to hear these stories and not let the devastating effects of mental illness stay quiet. By sharing these stories we help each other cope and form a connection.


     Art, Science & Health Teachers, Guidance Counselors and Occupational Therapists are encouraged to use this contest as part of their curriculum. All students are urged to submit a poster. The winning posters will be used by CCMH throughout the year in various avenues to promote our mission.

CCMH Poster Contest 2018

Themes:

  • K-5: Making the world a better place, I can do that!
    • Encouraging children to think of positive ways they can help, inspire and encourage others around them (e.g. peers, siblings, community). 
  • 6-12: Labels and Stigmas: How They Affect Me.
    • Acknowledging the impact of labels and the stigma that comes with them; creating awareness of the affects that labels and stigmas can have on one’s mental health.
      • According to the World Health Organization (2014), “Mental health: a state of well-being: Mental health is defined as a state of well-being in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community” (para. 1).¹
        • ¹World Health Organization (WHO). (2014, August). Mental health: a state of well-being. Retrieved from http://www.who.int/features/factfiles/mental_health/en/



CCMH Poster Contest 2017

Themes:

  • Middle & High School Students Theme: “The Six Dimensions of Wellness: Physical, Spiritual, Intellectual, Social, Occupational, and Emotional” While this is open for interpretation, it is suggested that students explore each “dimension” and how it pertains to overall mental health, and portray a single dimension or how they all work harmoniously to create balance.
  • Kindergarten – 5​ th​ Grade Students Theme: “Zones of Regulation” Students may represent one or multiple zones in their poster, or tools and methods that they use to regulate their zones. Again, it is up to the student’s interpretation of the theme.



CCMH Poster Contest 2016

Themes:

  • Middle & High School Students Theme: “Celebrate and Embrace Differences: Understanding and Compassion Breeds Unity”
  • Kindergarten – 5th Grade Students Theme: “All Feelings Matter”



CCMH Poster Contest 2015

Themes:

  • Middle & High School Students Theme:  “What Is Normal Anyway? Reducing the Stigma of Mental Illness.”
  • Kindergarten – 5th Grade Students Theme:  “The Leader in Me” – choose any one principle

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Children's Mental Health Annual Poster Contest