Got a young artist at home or kids looking for a creative outlet? Special education provider ELG is once again teaming up with emotional support hotline Lifeline for a student art competition in honour of R U OK? Day – Lifeline’s annual event dedicated to putting mental health issues at the front and centre of the conversation.
Open to middle and high school students, this year they’re looking for original drawings, paintings, posters or photographs set to the theme 'Trust the Signs – Ask R U OK?'. A great opportunity for teens and tweens to express the highs and lows of the last few months through art, they say the theme is all about understanding that 'You don’t have to be an expert to reach out to friends and family that you care about and ask "Are you OK?". Sitting down and starting a conversation and taking the time to really listen could make the difference to someone who's really struggling.' Your art should show whatever says that to you.
Here's a few examples from this year's submissions:
Image: 'A Day At School' by Elizabeth Metzger, Dulwich College Shanghai Pudong, Age 17.
Image: 'Living With An Eating Disorder' by Ashley Mu, SUIS, Grade 9.
Image: 'Mr. Tiger and Rabbit' by Angel, Peking University Experimental School, Age 16
Entries can be submitted until Wednesday 10 June by emailing ELG at email@example.com or by posting work to the ELG Puxi Campus
(you’ll need to include a title, a simple story behind it and your name, age, school and contact details). Winners will be announced later in June. For more info, check out ELG's website
or follow 'chinaelg' on WeChat.
Photograph: courtesy Lifeline (R U OK? Day)
As for R U OK? Day, this year it will be taking a different shape due to current restrictions on gathering sizes. Instead of the usual full day of workshops, forums and presentations – which will be back next March – the Lifeline team are downsizing to offer a three-hour R U OK? Workshop on June 20 that’ll teach participants key skills for opening up conversations about mental health and offering support. Follow 'LifelineConnect' on WeChat for updates.