Youth Suicide Prevention Art Contest

(Click here to visit last year’s 2021 Suicide Prevention Art Contest Submissions!)

Every young person deserves to be safe from suicide, and the Kansas Partners in Empowering Youth for Suicide Prevention believe that the best way to reach every youth in Kansas is to provide opportunities for youth to let their voice 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.


This year, we are placing extra focus on 988, the new number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline that will go-live on July 16th, 2022.

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

As you plan your art submission this year, consider using 988 as the resource that you share along with it! 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 during crisis, no matter the reason for calling.


What Kind of Art Can I Submit?:

  • Submissions can include pictures of physical art, digital art, short videos, posters, drawings, and paintings; Essentially, send us anything that we can use for suicide prevention!
  • Submissions must be from youth in grades 6-12
  • The message from the art should build up ideas of hope and resilience
  • Submissions MUST include information on the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and the Crisis Text Line (provided below); local resources are also encouraged but not required

When is the Deadline?

  • Electronic art submissions should be submitted by 9:59 PM, September 30th, 2022, along with the photo release form. Submissions can be entered through the form at the bottom of the page.

How Your Entries Will Be Used:

  • 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!

Prizes

  • Three 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.

Submission Guidelines

  • When submitting your work, please adhere to the following guidelines:
    • All entries should be original creations and should not contain anything that is copywritten
    • Submissions must be from youth in grades 6-12
    • Essays should be limited to no more than 1 page
      • Eligible electronic formats PNG or JPEG files
    • Original video/audio recordings should be no longer than 3 minutes
      • Eligible electronic formats MP3 or MP4
  • All submissions must include a link to one of these resources:
    • Call or Text 988 – The new number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
    • Crisis Text Line; Text “Kansas” to 741 741
  • Electronic art submissions should be submitted by 9:59 PM, September 30th, 2022, along with the photo release form. Submissions can be entered through the form at the bottom of the page.
  • Your submission must have a photo release form before we can post it to the online gallery.

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.

As such please consider the following recommendations:

  • Refrain from graphic descriptions of suicide (how, when, and/or where). 
  • If you choose to share personal experience, consider if you are able to do so without causing yourself stress or sharing things you aren’t ready for other people to know
  • Use the resources pages provided for more info on suicide prevention and mental illness. Click here for suicide prevention data. Click here for the warning signs of suicide. Click here for information on how to help someone who might be considering suicide

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

Suicide Prevention Art Contest Submission Form '22

Use this submission form to upload your artwork for the 2022 Youth Suicide Prevention Art Contest. If you have any trouble with this form, be sure to email michael@ksphq.org
  • Please enter the name of the school in which the artists attend. If the artist is home-schooled, please enter "home school."
  • This is in case we need to contact you regarding any additional information or contest rewards.
  • Accepted file types: pdf, jpg, png, Max. file size: 100 MB.
    Please upload your signed photo release form here. If you need to find a copy of the photo release form, go to ksphq.org/art-contest
  • Accepted file types: png, jpg, pdf, mp3, mp4, gif, jpeg, Max. file size: 100 MB.
    Upload your art contest submission here. The maximum file size for this upload is 100MB. If your file does not fit, please fill out this submission form and email your art to michael@ksphq.org
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.


Suicide Prevention Data & Resources

Suicide, regardless of age, is a problem in Kansas. Check out these resources below or download our fact sheet to view the data and learn more about the mental health resources available in Kansas.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment Data

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment tracks data related to suicide deaths each year. More information can be found at http://kic.kdheks.gov/death_new.php#top

  • In 2019, there were 6 suicide deaths of children under 15, and 83 suicides for adolescents aged 15-24.
  • In 2020, there were 8 suicide deaths of children under 15, and 94 for adolescents aged 15-24.
The Kansas Communities that Care Survey

The Kansas Communities that Care Survey is an annual collection of responses from 6th, 8th, 10th and 12th graders. More information can be found at www.kctcdata.org

  • The number of middle and high school students who report feeling depressed has been steadily increasing for the last 5 years. In January 2022, 38.4% reported experiencing symptoms of depression.
  • Depression is one mental health condition that can make someone at risk of suicide. However, it is important to note that not everyone who experiences depression thinks about suicide, and not all people who suicide are experiencing depression.
  • The same survey found that in 2022, 5.3% of middle and high schools students attempted suicide while 12.5% made suicide plans, and 19.4% had serious thoughts of suicide.
Kansas State Suicide Prevention Plan 2021-2025
Kansas Violent Death Reporting System Infographic

Trevor Project Youth Mental Health Report

Learn more about the Project Youth Mental Health Report: https://www.thetrevorproject.org/survey-2020/


Spread the word on Social Media!

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


Tips for taking pictures of your submission:

  • 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 crisis let an adult know immediately or call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255). This is a free 24-hour hotline.

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

988 or 1-800-273-8255