RVBH announces winners of youth mental health art contest

RiverValley Behavioral Health is proud to announce the finalists of their Youth Mental Health Art Contest:

• Nickolas Jones, Kindergarten Finalist, Meadow Lands Elementary School
• Hazel Pullin, 1st Grade Finalist, Meadow Lands Elementary School
• Hayden Stewart, 2nd Grade Finalist, Meadow Lands Elementary School
• Reece Haver, 3rd Grade Finalist, Meadow Lands Elementary School
• Logan Lovelace, 4th Grade Finalist, Providence Elementary School
• Saylor Brown, 6th Grade Finalist, Henderson North Middle School
• Dreama Noffsinger, 9th Grade Finalist, McLean County High School
• Connor Leszkai, 10th Grade Finalist, Ohio County High School
• Kenara Johnson, 12th Grade Finalist, Apollo High School

Briley Glover, 5th Grade student at Burns Elementary School, was awarded Project of the Year in the K-5 grades category.

Taylor Burris, 11th Grade student at Union County High School, was awarded Project of the Year in the 6-12 grades category.

Both Project of the Year winners received $500 and a matching contribution to their schools, Burns Elementary School and Union County High School, respectively. All finalists were honored at a prize ceremony held on Wednesday, July 21, 2021, during which the finalists’ art pieces were displayed.

Meadow Lands Elementary School received the Mental Health Partner of the Year award for the school or youth organization with the most entries. RiverValley Behavioral Health staff received over 200 entries from Meadow Lands Elementary School students. Meadow Land’s Principal Kevin Lowe and art teacher Bruce Baldwin were presented with a plaque and $1000.

The contest, announced in May during Mental Health Awareness month, invited youth in grades K-12 to submit a visual art project to express the importance of mental health with the theme ‘Be Kind to Your Mind.’ RiverValley Behavioral Health staff received over 300 entries from students in grades K-12 across the seven counties they serve.

RiverValley Behavioral Health’s President & CEO Dr. Wanda Figueroa-Peralata states, “We would like to recognize everyone who submitted an entry to our Youth Mental Health Art contest and the schools and youth organizations that provide support and encouragement to these students. Thank you for helping us spread a message of hope and remember to Be Kind to Your Mind.”

RiverValley Behavioral Health is the Commonwealth’s designated regional behavioral healthcare provider in Western Kentucky for over 50 years, serving: Daviess, Ohio, McLean, Hancock, Webster, Union and Henderson counties. They currently host over 27 programs that include in-patient and out-patient services for families impacted by mental health, alcohol and drug addictions and developmental disabilities.

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Published on July 24, 2021