7th Annual AIM for Awareness Design Challenge

Join our movement by designing an Ad to raise awareness for youth mental health.

See results from our 2021 Contest here.

Calling all middle and high school students! 

AIM wants to talk about mental health. Each year, our annual AIM for Awareness Design Challenge invites students like YOU to submit an Ad that raises awareness about youth mental health challenges, stigma, and solutions.

Imagine you are hired by AIM to design an Ad that could be used in magazines or any other media and represent AIM’s movement to promote youth mental health.

We are looking for Ads that can provide hope to someone struggling with mental health. Your Ad may encourage other youth to speak up and seek help, or it might encourage others to be empathetic. Your Ad might help reduce the stigma associated with mental illness and substance use disorders and help break the stigma for youth to seek support and treatment.

Questions? Contact Connie@AIMymh.org

2024 DATES & DEADLINES Monday, January 15, 2024

First day to submit entries.

Monday, April 1, 2024

Last day to submit entries.

Submission Deadline: 5:00 pm PST

Design Challenge Rules & Details

Students in grades 6-12 are welcome to enter their artwork into the contest.

Ads must include the following elements in order to be considered:

  • AIM logo* either digital or drawn/painted
  • Website link – AIMymh.org 
  • One of the following facts or statements of hope (optional):

1 in 5 children struggle with their mental health

Anxiety is the most common emotional problem in children

75% of all lifetime cases of mental disorders begin by the age of 24

Less than 20% of children and teens receive the treatment they need for their mental health challenges

AIM’s vision is simple: A world of mentally healthy youth

A statement of hope for youth mental health of your choice

*Click here for digital files of AIM’s logo.


Ready to submit your Ad Contest entry? Be sure to fill out this entry form and send in your piece by April 1, 2024 at 5:00 pm PST.

Mail your entry to:
AIM Youth Mental Health
PO Box 4294
Carmel, CA 93921

If you are a Monterey County middle or high school student, you can turn in your submission to the AIM office Monday-Thursday from 11:00am – 1:00pm PST: the Southwest Corner of Mission Street at 4th Avenue, Suite 6, in downtown Carmel. 

Questions? Email us: Connie@AIMymh.org


What type of artwork and what size?
There are two prize categories: traditional artwork (painting or drawing) and graphic art (computer-generated).

Your Ad can be on any medium, horizontal or vertical, and built to one of the following sizes:
8.5″ x 11″ or or 11″ x 17″

Will prizes be awarded?
Prizes will be given to the winning students. Middle and High School submissions will be judged separately, except for the overall winner.

Will Ads be displayed? 
Yes, all the entries will be displayed at a Spring, 2024 reception. Details coming soon. 

Can I submit more than one Ad?
Yes, you can. You can create as many as you would like.

Can I create an Ad with my friends? 
Yes, but each student who helps create an Ad must complete and turn in an entry form with the Ad.


Need some inspiration for your Ad? Check out the winners from our past AIM for Awareness Ad Contests and get started with your ad today! We look forward to seeing your work.

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Event Video Production by Michael Buffo of House of 8 Media, Carmel, Ca