Youth Suicide Prevention Art Contest

UPDATE: Deadline Extended to September 29th

Every young person deserves to be safe from suicide. We believe that the best way to reach youth in Kansas is to provide opportunities for youth voices to be heard.

This is your opportunity to help state agencies shape suicide prevention messages that will go out to youth across the state! The goal is to raise awareness of the possibility of hope and healing while working to provide enough support to Kansas youth so that no one ever walks alone in crisis.

Kansas Partners in Empowering Youth for Suicide Prevention reminds all participants that a key goal of this project is to reduce stigma around mental illness and experiencing thoughts of suicide. Preventing suicide is a community effort that becomes possible when there are many people working towards the same goal.

988 is the new number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

Dialing and texting 988 from any phone line will connect you, or someone you love, to a crisis call center staffed by trained counselors who are prepared to help you navigate any mental health concern.

As you plan your art submission this year, please use 988 as the resource that you share! This easy to remember, 3-digit number is a fantastic resource that is available to anyone across the United States.

988 is there to support individuals, no matter the reason for calling.

  • Three monetary prizes will be awarded in each age group for a total of nine top prizes. The age groups are 6th and 7th grade, 8th and 9th grade, and 10th-12th grade. The first 100 submissions will receive a participation packet which includes a frameable certificate of participation, a letter from a state official, and a swag bag.

By submitting, you acknowledge that all submissions become the property of the State of Kansas and may become subject to modifications and distribution.

  • All art submissions will be available for viewing by the public in an online gallery
  • Selected art submissions may be used by Kansas State agencies for the creation or advancement of suicide prevention messaging campaigns. In other words, we may use your art pieces to help spread suicide awareness!
  • KSPHQ also loves sharing our art contest submissions on Facebook and Instagram!

Suicide Prevention Art Contest Submission Form ’23

Use this submission form to upload your artwork for the 2023 Youth Suicide Prevention Art Contest. If you have any trouble with this form, be sure to email

Spread the word on Social Media!

Download our social media images to share on your own page!

  • Place your submission on a flat surface or leaning up against a wall in a well-lit area.
  • Try to make sure that you’re not casting shadows.
  • Center your work of art in the view screen trying to align it so it’s not at an angle. If it’s on a flat surface, take the photo from directly above.
  • Filters can be fun, but they might change your submission. If you choose a filter, make sure it represents your final work.
  • Once you’ve taken a photo, crop your image to remove the background. If you’re unsure, we’ll take care of that for you.

If at any time, you or someone working on the project experiences an emotional response let an adult know immediately or call the
Suicide and Crisis Lifeline: 988.
This is a free, and confidential 24-hour line.

Click here to learn about the Lifeline and how you can get help