Youth Art & Film Showcase for Suicide Prevention

Cultural Services

Calling All Students

In honor of September Suicide Prevention and Recovery Month, the Marin County Board of Supervisors Intern Team, in collaboration with Health and Human Services and Cultural Services, is hosting a youth arts showcase surrounding mental health and suicide prevention. The goal of this event is to increase awareness and conversations around mental health and well-being within Marin through sharing youth art and perspective.

The showcase will be an in-person event on September 25th, 2021, from 4 – 6 pm at the Marin Health and Wellness Campus (3240 Kerner Blvd., San Rafael). Masks are required. Under COVID-19 guidelines, this event may need to shift to an online format for the well-being of attendees and participants will be updated as we learn more.

Youth up to 25 years old who reside or attend school in Marin may submit art that tells their story of mental health through art. You can create a drawing, painting, poem, dance, sculpture, video, music, or any other art form that helps you express your message and experience with mental health.

Click on the mountain image or the link beneath it to view the virtual slideshow “gallery” of amazing art received so far: drawings, clay sculptures, paintings, graphic designs, and more. You can also view the dance RESCUE that illustrates moving from a dark place to one of inspiration and motivation. Thank you to all our young artists who have submitted — you are inspiring!

To be featured in the showcase, read the guidelines below and submit your art using this form. Participants can submit a form and art digitally or submit a form digitally and drop off physical art at one of nine convenient locations throughout the County. Once we receive your submission, we’ll send you information about where to drop off your physical art pieces (if applicable) and about the event on September 25th. Deadline for submissions is Friday, September 24th.

Submission Guidelines

An individual’s mental health journey can range from wellness, challenges, or crises and may change and shift over time. Please share your story through art that reflects messages that are hopeful and focused on what someone can do to help themselves or others and draw from your unique perspective and experience.

Art of all kinds is accepted, including, but not limited to: photography, painting, digital art, poetry, dance, and video. Video submissions can be short films, animations, etc… and must be 10 minutes or shorter. See more video guidelines, including resources to feature.

Please respond to one or more of the following prompts:

  • What is your personal experience with mental health and well-being?
  • What helps you deal with difficult emotions and challenging times?
  • What gives you hope, joy, and inspiration?
  • What role do your family, friends, and community play in your mental health and well-being?
  • What stories and perspectives surrounding youth and mental health do you think need to be told?

Some of the art submissions will be selected for a Caring Card campaign. Recipients of the campaign will be given personal handwritten cards with themes of empathy, compassion, and hope along with relevant resources as they transition to recovery. Stay tuned for more information.

Thank you for your participation in the showcase. You will be promoting the importance of mental health among youth in Marin and helping to start important discussions in our community. For any questions regarding submitting art or the showcase, please reach out to Nancy Vernon. Note that art will be submitted anonymously, so no names will be shown with art when showcased unless permission is received.

If you or someone you know is in distress, please contact:

  •  National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: (800) 273-TALK (8255)
  •  Lifeline Crisis Chat  Available 24/7
  •  Need help now? Text "MARIN " to 741-741
  •  For substance use or mental health services, contact BHRS Access Line: (888) 818-1115

For additional services or resources: Behavioral Health, Prevention & Outreach in Marin.