Schools Creative Writing Competition 2016

The 2016 Schools Creative Writing Competition is now open. Entries forms are available here.

The annual Creative Writing Competition for Victorian schools, organised by the Mental Health Foundation of Australia (Victoria), is again being held in the lead up to Mental Health Week between 9-15 October 2016.

Involvement in the competition helps to raise awareness of mental health issues. In previous years, teachers have found preparing students for the writing competition can open up discussions about mental illness and the stigma associated with it.  Classes have been encouraged to think about what contributes to good mental health and wellbeing in their own lives.

Every school that enters students' work will receive posters, brochures and fact sheets to display during Mental Health Week. Additional resources are also available for purchase.

Three prizes can be won and will be awarded at the Victorian Launch of Mental Health Week in 2016.

The three levels for entry are:

  • Upper Primary (Years 5 & 6) with a prize of $100.00

  • Lower Secondary (Years 7, 8 & 9) with a prize of $125.00

  • Upper Secondary (Years 10, 11 & 12) with a prize of $150.00.

Download an entry form and forward to English co-ordinators and class teachers.

All entries must be received at the Mental Health Foundation of Australia (Victoria) by 5pm on Friday 29 July 2016.

For further information, please contact:

Mental Health Foundation of Australia (Victoria)
Suite J, 450 Chapel Street

South Yarra, VIC, 3141
Phone: 03 9826 1422
Email: 
admin(at)mentalhealthvic.org.au 

The 2016 Mental Health Week Art Competition is now closed - Winner and exhibition venue to be announced soon!

Mental Health Week (MHW) is a program of the Mental Health Foundation of Australia (Victoria). The aim of MHW is to promote mental health and wellbeing, prevent mental illness and remove the stigma associated with mental illness. The art competition supports community involvement of people living with mental illness. Entrants may submit up to two artworks. Artworks may be paintings, drawings, mosaics, photos, computerised images and other art mediums.  

Artworks must be suitable for photographic reproduction on a poster and must be capable of being hung for exhibition. The judges will favour works with a positive message about mental health.

Timeline -

 Entry Opens: February 16, 2016

 Entry Closes: May 20, 2016

 Exhibition Opening Night: July 14, 2016

 Exhibition Ends: July 29, 2016

 Artwork to be picked up by: October29, 2016

Past Art Competition Winners

2015 Mental Health Week Consumer Art Competition Winner

Artist: Mr. Adam Knapper

Title: "Mumbo Jumbo"

2014 Mental Health Week Consumer Art Competition Winner

Artist: Ms. Rowena Shroeder

Title: "Free To Be"

2013 Mental Health Week Consumer Art Competition Winner

Artist: Ms. Natalie 

Title: "Positive Connections Through Creativity"

2012 Mental Health Week Consumer Art Competition Winner

Artist: Mr. Matthew Farrer Cough

Title: "Out of This World"

2006 Mental Health Week Consumer Art Competition Winner

Artist: Ms. Michelle Giacobello

Title: "A Cup of Tea and a Good Lie Down"