Suicide Prevention Art Contest

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

What we want:

  • Submissions for prevention posters, PSA’s, or other creative works from youth grades 6-12
  • Messages that help to build hope
  • Submissions should include information on the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and the Crisis Text Line (provided below); local resources are also encouraged but not required
  • Electronic submissions should be submitted by 9:59 PM, April 4, 2021, 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 submissions will be available for viewing by the public in an online gallery
  • Select submissions may be used by State agencies for the creation or advancement of suicide prevention messaging campaigns

Submission Guidelines

  • To ensure ease of use to the public, please consider the following guidance
    • 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 2 minutes
      • Eligible electronic formats MP3 or MP4
    • All entries should be original creations to avoid copyright infringement
    • Use your imagination and creativity
  • Include these resources for help:
    • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 800-273-8255
    • Crisis Text Line; Text “Kansas” to 741 741

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

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


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.

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

Click here to visit the online Suicide Prevention Contest Art Gallery

Click here to download your Photo Release form before submitting it. Your submission must have a photo release before we can post it to the online gallery.

Suicide Prevention Art Contest

submission form
  • Please enter the name of the school in which the artists attend. If the artist is home-schooled, please enter "home school."
  • Accepted file types: pdf, jpg, png.
    Please upload your signed photo release form here
  • Accepted file types: png, jpg, pdf, mp3, mp4.
    Upload your creative work here
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.


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 200 submissions will receive a participation packet which includes a frameable certificate of participation, a letter from a state official, and a swag bag.