On 8th October 2015, we had the celebration event for this year's Mental Health and Me writing competition where all the entrants were invited to Liverpool Central Library to find out who took the top spot and won a place in this year's anthology. The competition was organised to celebrate World Mental Health Day and to break the stigma surrounding mental health, encouraging people to express themselves and speak openly about issues around mental health. The competition was open to everyone in the Merseyside area and participants could enter their work under seven categories including Short Stories, Letters, Diary and Blog entries, Journalism Pieces, Tweets, Poetry and this year we introduced a new category - spoken word.
The event was a brilliant success with all the entrants work being both celebrated and appreciated. Thank you to everyone who submitted a piece of work and congratulations to all of the finalists!
We were really delighted to have MP and the first shadow minister of mental health, Luciana Berger with us to say a few words as well Councillors Claire Glare and Gary Millar at the event to present some awards. We were also really lucky to have rapper and Patron of CALM, Professor Green take some time out of his busy touring schedule to come along to the event to announce the overall winner of the event, Pat Fearon from the spoken word category with her piece, The Edge. With Pat's great sense of humour and feisty persona, I think its safe to say Stephen Manderson aka Professor Green really met his match. A truly well deserved winner and another huge congratulations to Pat!
We would also like to say a big thank you to all of the judges for this competition and for those who were able to come along to the event, some of whom announced the winners on the stage. Thank you to Wendy Brown, Abi Inglis, Rosa Murdoch, Curtis Watt, Levi Tafari, Ronnie Hughes, Richard Adamson, Sarah Maclennan, Sal Woodward, Maria NG, Tony Wailey, Gemma Rogers, Clare Coombes, James Rice, Catherine Jones and Brian Reade.
Also, a big thanks to The Central Library, the catering staff, Liverpool Mental Health Consortium for involving us for another year and of course everyone who entered, who took part and supported.
Congratulations to all of the finalists:
1st Place – Rosie Mansfield
2nd Place – Paul Daw
3rd Place – Kelsea Greene
1st Place – Pat Fearon
2nd Place – Susan Fagan
3rd Place – Luke Chandley
1st Place – Ellie Smith
2nd Place – Sarah Jones
3rd Place – Joann Roberts
1st Place – Denis Caryle
2nd Place – Eleanor Taylor
3rd Place – Faris Khalifa
1st Place – Joe Lavelle
2nd Place – Susan Martin
3rd Place – Brian Hutchinson
1st Place – Christina Ashworth
2nd Place – Emily Monk
3rd Place – Mike Churchill
1st – Natalie Denny
2nd – Eleanor Taylor
3rd – Jennifer Bishop
Pat Fearon reads out her work to the delight of Professor Green.
Professor Green with all of the finalists.
Councillor Gary Millar with Ellie Smith, Winner of the Journalism Category
The WoW Team and Liverpool Mental Health Consortium with Professor Green.
Read all the finalists work in our MHAM book! You can get your copy in News From Nowhere now.