Amarillo, Texas (KAMR/KCIT) — Members of the Panhandle Behavioral Health Alliance are now accepting submissions for the Panhandle Mental Health Guide Pet Mascot Contest.
According to a news release, Texas Panhandle residents are invited to submit photos of their pets and share how their pets have helped them on their mental health journey. The winner will have the chance to become the guide’s mascot. All kinds of pets are invited to participate in the competition.
Submissions will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. on Jan. 27, officials said. It was announced that the finalists would be determined by public voting on Facebook, with one winner selected by a judging panel. The winning pet her mascot owner will receive a pet photography session and an illustrated pet portrait.
Officials at the guide said pets have a “significant impact” on mental health in a number of ways.
- reducing stress and anxiety;
- Encourages a more active lifestyle.
- Add structure to your day.
- Supports social skills and builds relationships.
- Offers emotional support, companionship, and unconditional love.
For more information on the guide and how to enter the competition, visit the guide’s website.