In mild of Could 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 all around the county submitted paintings expressing the theme of dealing with psychological sickness through 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 assist 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 paintings. Nassau County govt and Baldwin resident, Laura Curran, honored 5 winners at a ceremony on Friday, Could 28.
“The Nassau County Youth Council has an enormous curiosity in psychological well being consciousness and at the moment, artwork expression for advocacy is basically on the rise, so we needed to create a contest for younger individuals to emulate inventive expression,” mentioned Baldwin resident and council founding chairperson Nicolette Carrion, 19.
Carrion mentioned she acquired optimistic responses from the 5 winners as a result of they mentioned they had been inspired by the popularity. “The winners created paintings in such a susceptible and private methods,” Carrion mentioned. “I believe this contest was crucial as a result of the pandemic has been particularly tragic for youngsters who’re at a pivotal level of their improvement.”
Different members of the council mentioned they’re glad they may very well 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 specific their feelings associated to psychological sickness.
“The Nassau County Youth Council strives to carry up points regarding our youthful group and the way we could 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. The entire 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 artistic,” Einbinder added.
Plainview resident, Aidan Davis, 16, who has been a member of the council since Could 2020 mentioned it has been a battle for a lot of of his friends to speak about psychological well being due to they’re so far-off from one another, which has resulted in psychological results.
“Ensuring that youth can specific their voices on these vital points is important,” he mentioned. “I’m wanting ahead to doing this artwork contest once more sooner or later. And, hopefully much more individuals will probably be taken with collaborating after they hear about these 5 teenagers that had been acknowledged.”