Munson Healthcare Launches Voices for Youth Mental Health Art Contest

Munson Healthcare Launches Voices for Youth Mental Health Art Contest

Munson Healthcare is harnessing the power of art to address mental health in the community.

Northern Michigan’s largest non-profit healthcare system today launched a “Voices for Youth Mental Health Art Contest” to allow those of all ages to express their feelings, wisdom, and hope on issues related to mental health and the community. The contest is open to northern Michigan residents through Oct. 13. Cash prizes will be awarded. Voting for the best artwork will run from Nov. 6 - 20. 

“Our regional Community Health Needs Assessment showed us that we need to continue to expand access to behavioral health services across Northern Michigan,” said Megan Brown, Chief Marketing and Communications Officer for Munson Healthcare. “An art contest is a unique way to share thoughts, feelings and raise awareness as we increase collaboration and access for those experiencing mental health issues in our communities.” 

Munson Healthcare announced a new Grand Traverse Mental Wellness Center, a collaboration with Northern Lakes Community Mental Health, Grand Traverse County and other community partners earlier this year. The center will house crisis services, behavioral health services and youth mental health services under one roof supporting the whole region with the goal of opening in 2024. Grants have been awarded by Grand Traverse County through ARPA funds for $5 million and most recently by the Michigan Health and Hospital Association for an additional $5 million to support the center and its mission. 

Art submissions for the contest can be photography, drawing, painting, sculpture, quilt, collage, a piece of writing, and more. 
Artwork may be submitted digitally at or at drop-off locations around northern Michigan during open business hours. Locations include:

  •  Armory Youth Project, 555 1st St, Manistee
  • Benzie Shores District Library, 630 Main St., Frankfort
  • Cadillac-Wexford Public Library, 411 S Lake St, Cadillac
  • Charlevoix Circle of Arts, 109 Clinton St., Charlevoix
  • Crawford County Library, 201 Plum Street, Grayling
  • Otsego County Library, 700 S Otsego Ave, Gaylord
  • Traverse Area District Library, 610 Woodmere Ave, Traverse City

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