March/April Newsletter
Youth Art Contest Now Open

As the awareness and prevalence of mental health conditions in our youth becomes more widespread and acknowledged, the NH CSoC is launching the fifth year of its Magnify Voices Expressive Art Contest.

Now through April 3, New Hampshire students in fifth through 12th grade are invited to submit a creative piece about their experiences and connections to mental health.
Submission requirements, judging criteria, and how to submit.
Save the date for the Magnify Voices celebration event on
May 24 at Plymouth State University
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View short films, poems, drawings, essays, and more from our latest expressive arts contest.

See the top creative works by local youth from past years.

Participant Turned Youth Mental Health Advocate
Mia Flegal, has been living with generalized anxiety disorder since a young age but didn’t recognize it until she took a trip to California without her parents. This is when she developed her first set of coping mechanisms -meditation and journaling.

Two years later, she learned about Magnify Voices Expressive Art Contest and planned to submit an essay. At first, she procrastinated on the essay but quickly became engaged and confident in her writing and realized her love for this therapeutic outlet. In the essay titled "Helpless,” she wrote about the trip to the Golden State, which was two years prior. Mia’s work was recognized in the top-10 submissions and afforded her the chance to meet with other youth who were dealing with similar mental health conditions. She quickly realized her passion in hearing other people’s stories and using her experiences to positively impact others. Since submitting her essay five year ago, Mia has truly magnified her voice as an advocate speaking out to children, peers and adults about youth mental health.
Anxious Nation Film Screenings Set for NH
Funded by the Endowment for Health and the NH Charitable Foundation, NAMI New Hampshire is collaborating with NH’s 10 Community Mental Health Centers for screenings of the film Anxious Nation.

Anxious Nation thoughtfully unfolds the epidemic of anxiety and explores why our youth have so much generalized anxiety. The film brings to life the stigma around mental illness while giving emotional insights into how anxiety shows up in our children’s lives, impacts families, and what parents' contributing role may be in the journey.

Screenings will be held throughout the state. The Concord screening will feature a panel discussion with Noah and Lynn Lyons, who are both featured in the film. Details on screening locations will be announced soon.

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