What Helps Me — Youth Art Campaign

Cultural Services

This past year has been a roller-coaster of emotions for all of us. Now, more than ever, mental health for youth needs to be a priority.

In recognition of the importance of mental health and May Mental Health Month, the Board of Supervisors Intern Team is hosting the What Helps Me Art Campaign for youth in Marin — we’re inviting you to tell your story of emotions and mental health through art. You can create a drawing, painting, poem, dance, sculpture, music, video, or any other art form that helps you express your message and feelings.

Click on the image or the link beneath it to view the virtual slideshow “gallery” of amazing art received so far: drawings, clay sculptures, photography, paintings, graphic designs, and more. You can also view a short film submission ALONE that illustrates that you are never alone, even with the physical isolation and quarantine that COVID has caused. And a guitar solo submission that shows how making music can help mental health. Thank you to all our young artists who have submitted — you are inspiring!

To submit your art and join the virtual gallery, pick one (or more) of the following prompts:

  1. What helps me with ___ (ex: anxiety, stress, anger, etc.)
  2. What gives me ___ (ex: joy, strength, hope, inspiration, etc.)
  3. What works for me?
  4. What am I thankful for?
  5. How does it feel/look like when you are struggling?
  6. What keeps me grounded during stressful times?

Submit your art using this form through the month of May to be showcased during May Mental Health Month on social media as well as County websites. Importantly, you will be promoting the importance of mental health among youth in Marin and helping to start important discussions in our community. Remember that “art” can take on any form.... If your family pet gives you strength, submit a picture of your dog, cat, hamster, or other!

For any questions about the art campaign, please reach out to Nancy Vernon. Note that art will be submitted anonymously, so no names will be shown with art when showcased.

If you are concerned about yourself or someone you know, please contact:

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: (800) 273-TALK (8255)
Lifeline Crisis Chat (available 24/7)
Need help now? Text "START" to 741-741
BHRS Access Line: (888) 818-1115

All are available 24/7.