2012 Mental Health Month - Adult Poetry Contest

First Annual Adult Mental Health Awareness Poetry Contest - 2012

In observance of Mental Health Awareness Month this May, the Texas Department of State Health Services Mental Health and Substance Abuse Division and the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) - Texas held a statewide poetry contest open to adults with or in recovery from mental illness and their adult family members. (Children and adolescents participated in our Creativity Contest; for details, please see http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/mhsa/greenribbon/.)

Read the winning entries for 2013 »

Contest Winners

We thank everyone who submitted poems for consideration in the 2012 Adult Mental Health Awareness Poetry Contest. Numerous entries were received from around the state.

The following poems were selected as contest winners and are listed in alphabetical order by author:

Honorable Mention

The following poems were selected to receive honorable mention and are listed in alphabetical order by author:

Contest Guidelines

  • Poems should express the experience of living with mental illness or living with a family member with mental illness.
  • Entries must be 200 words or fewer
  • Entries must be typed or legibly hand written
  • Entrants must be 18 or older as of May 1, 2012
  • The submission deadline is May 14, 2012. All entries must be received on, or postmarked by, May 14, 2012.


Prizes and certificates will be awarded to the poems selected as winners, and the top five poems will be announced May 21, 2012, and with the author’s permission, they will be posted on the DSHS MHSA (http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/mhsa/) and NAMI Texas (http://www.namitexas.org/) websites.

Last updated May 21, 2013