In gentle of Might being Psychological Well being consciousness month, Nassau County Youth Council held a psychological well being artwork contest to heart psychological well being diseases in teenagers all through Nassau County.
By the April 9 contest deadline, roughly 40 youngsters from everywhere in the county submitted art work expressing the theme of dealing with psychological sickness in the course of the pandemic.
Members of the council served as judges for the artwork contest. The council is made up of 19 members ages 14 to 19 who had been appointed to be the representatives to help in advocating for and representing the council within the county authorities.
For the artwork contest, members of the council evaluated a wide range of pictures, work, sketches and different types of art work. Nassau County government and Baldwin resident, Laura Curran, honored 5 winners at a ceremony on Friday, Might 28.
“The Nassau County Youth Council has an enormous curiosity in psychological well being consciousness and at the moment, artwork expression for advocacy is admittedly on the rise, so we needed to create a contest for younger folks to emulate inventive expression,” mentioned Baldwin resident and council founding chairperson Nicolette Carrion, 19.
Carrion mentioned she acquired constructive responses from the 5 winners as a result of they mentioned they had been inspired by the popularity. “The winners created art work in such a weak and private methods,” Carrion mentioned. “I feel this contest was essential as a result of the pandemic has been particularly tragic for youngsters who’re at a pivotal level of their growth.”
Different members of the council mentioned they’re glad they might be judges within the contest. In addition they mentioned are happy to have participated in bringing consciousness to psychological well being, whereas offering youth with an outlet to precise their feelings associated to psychological sickness.
“The Nassau County Youth Council strives to deliver up points regarding our youthful group and the way we may be the voice to assist all youth throughout Nassau County,” Bellmore resident, Samantha Einbinder, who has been a member of the Nassau County Youth Council because the center of October 2020.
“We had been more than happy to have acquired so many excellent submissions. All the artwork items had been inspirational, in addition to intuitive. This contest was an amazing alternative to get the Lengthy Island [teenage] group concerned in one thing enjoyable and inventive,” Einbinder added.
Plainview resident, Aidan Davis, 16, who has been a member of the council since Might 2020 mentioned it has been a wrestle for a lot of of his friends to speak about psychological well being due to they’re so distant from one another, which has resulted in psychological results.
“Ensuring that youth can specific their voices on these necessary points is significant,” he mentioned. “I’m trying ahead to doing this artwork contest once more sooner or later. And, hopefully much more folks can be inquisitive about taking part after they hear about these 5 teenagers that had been acknowledged.”