Poster Competition 2023

Our 2023 Poster Competition has ended.

This year’s winner is Zoe Scoufis!
Zoe is an artist from Sydney who has used art as a safe space to work through emotions. She aims to make art to provide others with joy, just as it helped her through hard times.

Could you be the artist featured for this year’s mental health month campaign?

The winning artist will receive a $500 cash prize, 2x free tickets to the 2023 Mental Health Matters Awards along with featuring their artwork throughout the entire MHM campaign.

This years theme is We all have a role to play“.

We all have a role to play this mental health month. Whether it’s taking time to care for yourself, caring for someone close to you, supporting your community to be more mental health aware, or being a mental health ally. This mental health month, think about ways you connect with the people around you. Making a world free from mental health stigma, and more inclusive for people who are going through tough times takes all of us! What roles will you play?

Please creatively depict your understanding of the theme as a poster artwork.

Important Dates

  • Entries open – 27th February 2023
  • Entries close – 19th April 2023

About You

All artists should have lived experience or be a carer of someone with lived experience to participate. Proof of this is not required. Along with your artwork please include a brief description of yourself and the artwork.  

Download Flyer

Click the button below to download our Poster Competition shareable flyer.

A word from last years winner, Nina Hurr.


Being part of the Mental Health month poster competition was so great. Every time I saw my poster design come up on social media I felt so happy, I even saw some photos of it on bus stops! It’s so important to be able to bring awareness to mental health so we can all be there for each other. It’s even inspired me to start studying mental health peer support at tafe this year.

See Nina’s winning poster below.

We all have a roll to play poster
We all have a roll to play poster

What do I need to include?

Your submission should include a space somewhere for this years theme slogan “We all have a role to play”. How you include this space is up to you.

Artists should consider accessibility and inclusivity of their submission, including colour contrast, visual focus, and appropriate use of icons and imagery. You can use any medium that can be reproduced digitally, including, but not limited to, painting, collage, digital artwork, drawing. Please note that photographs must not include people’s faces.

You do not need to include any text – this is something we will add later, though we will consult you regarding position and size of text.

Essential information

  • Lived experience includes anyone who identifies as having lived experience of mental ill- health and/or distress, this can include people with diagnosed mental health conditions, people who have experienced trauma, and people who experience social impacts and/or oppressions that cause distress. There is no “proof” of lived experience required – our aim is to make space to elevate the voices and work of people with lived experience.
  • Winners will be decided by a panel that includes people with lived experience, people who work in mental health promotion, and artists.
  • Competition entries close on 19th April.