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Liverpool’s Mental Health Consortium and Writing on the Wall have teamed up to launch a new writing competition as part of events to mark World Mental Health Day, which takes place on Friday 10th October this year. Our own Social Media Editor, Wendy Brown has been named on the judging panel for this exciting competition, Mental Health and Me.
The competition is open to everyone and aims to challenge the stigma which still surrounds mental distress and promote greater social inclusion by giving people the opportunity to explore topics relating to mental health through writing.
People who has affected by their own mental distress, the distress of someone close to them or anyone else who has an interest in mental health issues are being encouraged to explore their experiences in writing. Writers are welcome to submit their entries in one of six categories; poetry, short stories, diaries & blogs, letters, journalism and lastly, tweets.
Each of the categories will be judged by an expert panel, including journalists, writers and mental health professionals. Here at Canter Levin & Berg, we’re delighted that our very own Wendy Brown has been selected as one of the judges for the twitter category. Wendy will be joined on the twitter judging panel by Jo Austin, Social Media Expert at the Women’s Organisation and Rosa Murdoch from Writing on the Wall.
Entries for the competition are open until Monday 1st September. The winners from each of the six categories will form a shortlist from which the overall Mental Health and Me competition winner will be selected.
In addition to a trophy and a prize which includes book tokens, the winners and runners up from each of the six categories will be included in a printed anthology, published by Liverpool Mental Health Consortium & Writing on the Wall. Once the winner has been announced, free hard copies will be available to everyone included in the anthology and copies will also be available to download online.
For more information about how to enter, as well as some of the other events marking World Mental Health Day, head on over to the Liverpool Mental Health Consortium and the Writing on the Wall websites.