Pennsylvania Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services

2017 Respect Poster Contest

2017 PAPRS Conference: Pathways to Recovery
R.E.S.P.E.C.T. Poster Contest

R.E.S.P.E.C.T stands for Resolve to Eliminate Stigma Promote Empathy Compassion and Truth.


This popular poster contest is back by popular demand! Individuals are invited to showcase their artistic talent and their commitment to fighting stigma by creating a poster highlighting the fight against stigma and/or the truth about mental illness. 



Entries for the poster contest will be accepted from December 1, 2016 to May 2, 2017 at noon. 

All posters will be on display at the PAPRS Conference May 2-4, 2017 at the Penn Stater Conference Center, State College, PA.


Posters will be judged by "basket votes" of PAPRS Conference attendees. Each conference attendee will be given 3 voting tickets in the conference registration packet. Place your tickets in the basket to vote for three favorite posters. Voting will occur between noon on May 2nd and 4:30pm on May 3rd. The votes will then be counted and the top three winners will be awarded their prizes during the lunch session on May 4th.

The poster artist need not be present to win.

Prizes are as follows:

· First Prize: $80 gift card

· Second prize: $40 gift card

· Third prize: $20 gift card


Posters must be no more than 11” X 14” in size (half a sheet of poster board), and can be on any type of paper, poster board, foam board, etc. (NO WOOD OR GLASS, PLEASE). Artists may also use any other media or art supplies they choose (markers, colored pencils, paint, crayons, pens, pencils, charcoal, stickers, paper cut outs, photography, etc.).  Artwork must be original and cannot use copyright protected material. If photos of people are used, please include a release signed by the person or persons in the photos which allows you to use the photo on your poster, and allows PAPRS to use the poster on websites and in other public arenas. 

Posters may be brought to the conference as long as they are delivered to the registration desk no later than 11:00 am on May 2, 2017.

Posters can also be dropped off at a drop off site scattered across Pennsylvania.

Posters must be at the drop off site by April 14, 2017 to ensure delivery to the conference.


Drop off sites:

Bradford County


12 Mix Avenue

Towanda, PA 18848

Bucks County

Lenape Valley Foundation

500 N West St.

Doylestown, PA 18901

Dauphin County

Keystone Mental Health

8182 Adams Drive

Hummelstown, PA 17036

Elk County

DCI Steps Psych Rehab – Rita Kraus

43 Servidea Drive

Ridgway, PA 15853

Lackawanna County

Allied Services

108 Eliza Street

Dickson City, PA 18508

Lehigh/Northampton Counties

New Directions Treatment Services

2442 Broadhead Rd.

Bethlehem, PA 18017

Schuylkill County


305 Mahantongo Street

Pottsville, PA 17901

Tioga County

Wellspring Community Support Services

Above & Beyond Resource/Drop In Center

275 St. James Steet

Mansfield, PA 16933

Venango County

Hand In Hand Christian Counseling

118 Grant Street

Franklin,  PA 16323

will travel to pick up within a 50 mile radius


The winning posters will be featured on the PAPRS website and may be used in media campaigns to promote the message against stigma. Each poster submitted must include the artist’s full name, address, phone number and an optional email address. This must be neatly printed, typed, or attached on a note card to the back of the poster. PAPRS cannot return posters; however, posters can be picked up at the PAPRS conference registration desk any time after 1:00pm on Thursday, May 4th. Any posters not claimed by 4:30pm will become property of PAPRS. 


For more information, contact our Education Manager, Tricia Fisher, at