With the schools shut down for the foreseeable future, here's something for the kids to do and help out a great cause. The Mental Health Health Association of the Southern Tier (MHAST) is having a T-shirt design contest to promote youth mental health awareness and suicide prevention.

The contest began on March 9th but then the schools were closed down. The decision was made to continue to contest as a way to provide a positive distraction for the kids as they are sheltered in their homes.

Being at home can cause extra anxiety and stress for everybody, young and old. This gives them a chance to use some of their extra time to think about mental wellness and to educate others on suicide awareness and prevention.

This contest is open to all high school and middle school students in Broome and Tioga counties. Three cash prizes will be awarded in each division (high school and middle school) and everyone that takes part in this will get a T-shirt with the winning logo on it.

You have until April 10th to take part in this contest. MHAST thinks that this T-shirt contest gives an incredible chance for students to be creative and work on a project that encourages important and lifesaving conversations.

This is a great way for kids to not only help themselves but hopefully with their peers. They will award prizes at a reception at a later date. Go here for a list of rules and instructions.

[via Mental Health Association of the Southern Tier]