Creative Expression Contest

Creative Expression Contest

Creative Expression Contest


The Refuat Hanefesh Creative Expression Contest 2021 is closed.

Congratulations to all of this year's winners!

Thank you to everyone who participated.

You can check out this year's winning pieces here.


We deeply thank the Kolatch Family Foundation for sponsoring 2021's contest.



Creative Expression Contest

The contest is meant to enhance the mental illness conversation in our community, reduce the stigma, and generate ideas to increase our communal support and understanding. Express your views, feelings, understandings, or anything you would like about mental illness. The submission can be of any media; song, painting, writing, photograph, etc. We encourage submissions from ages ten and older from around the globe. There will be a winner selected from two different age groups. 


We are proud to announce a bonus prize for one lucky winner - an exclusive Refuat Hanefesh event in your local community or school! A representative from Refuat Hanefesh will come to your community to discuss topics regarding mental health and illness. This is a great opportunity to educate your community about ways to improve mental health and discuss the concerns about mental illness. 

If you would like to sponsor the Creative Expression Contest, get involved, or have questions, email



1) What kind of submissions are accepted?
We welcome submissions of all types. These can include but are not limited to: articles, poems, videos, songs, pictures or any other format you can imagine. The submission can address any topic related to mental health.

2) What age group is this contest for?
All ages! There are 2 age groups in the contest: Youth (high school and under) and Adults (college and up). Each group has its own prizes and judging rubric.

3) What do the creators of the best pieces win?
Three winners will be chosen from each age group. The winning pieces will be published on our website and disseminated widely on our popular social media platforms. The winners will play an important in impacting the conversation in our community around mental health.

4) Who will judge the submissions?
The submissions will be judged by the board members of Refuat Hanefesh and volunteers. If you are interested in being a judge, please email

5) How will submissions be judged?
Winners will be chosen from different age groups based on creativity, genuineness, and impact. Each entry is read by at least two judges.

6) Will you publish my submission?
In addition to the winning submissions, we may publish some submissions as blogs. You have the right to request that we do not publish it or that we publish it anonymously.

7) Can I submit something I have previously published?
All submissions for this contest must be original pieces that have not been previously published. You may, however, submit your original version of a piece that was published to our blog after the close of 2020's contest.

8) Will men judge songs submitted by female entrants?
No. All the songs submitted by females will be judged by females.

9) Can I submit more than one piece?
You can submit as many creative pieces as you want! However, each individual can only win once. Each submission will be judged separately.

10) Do I need to be Jewish to submit?
No, you do not need to be Jewish to submit. All you need is an idea and a passion for making your voice heard about mental health!