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Wisbech St Mary primary pupil wins YMCA Trinity Group’s mental health poster competition

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A budding artist has fought of competition from hundreds of Cambridgeshire pupils to win a poster competition.

Emily Askew a Year 3 pupil at Wisbech St Mary’s Primary School is celebrating after winning YMCA Trinity Group’s mental health poster competition.

The competition, which was launched on World Mental Health Day on Sunday October 10, a coincided with the charity’s new campaign, Small Talks – Big Difference.

Emily Askew shows off her certificate after winning top prize in a poster competition.
Emily Askew shows off her certificate after winning top prize in a poster competition.

The campaign centres on encouraging individuals to take small actions to break down the barriers around talking about mental health.

Thirty schools registered for the competition which saw students crafting a creative poster. From this, two winners were selected – a primary and secondary school winner.

Emily’s winning design highlighted the importance of talking about your feelings and sharing them with someone else. Her poster also shared waysof communicating such as writing a poem, opening up, and showing somebody you’re struggling. In addition, it featured the important message of ‘do not hide’.

The second winning design was created by Valentina Pertruzziello at Hampton Gardens Secondary School in Peterborough.

YMCA Trinity Group is a local charity that helps young people to realise their full potential on their journey to independence.

Ryan Armes, mental health programme manager at YMCA Trinity Group, said: “After another difficult 12 months of adapting to and building back from Covid-19, we all know the importance of opening up, taking time out, and talking about our feelings.

“Our poster competition allowed our young people to do exactly that andraise as much awareness as possible. A big congratulations to our winners,their designs are fantastic and perfectly represent what the power of a small conversation can achieve.”

Emily said: “I felt really happy and excited when I won the award. I enjoyed using different colours to create my poster and am very excited to be able to help people by encouraging them to talk.”

As part of her prize, Emily received a gift voucher for Wisbech St Mary’s Primary School, a Small Talks goody bag, and will have her poster design shared across other local schools for display.

Each year, YMCA Trinity Group supports around 10,000 young and vulnerable people, and communities across Peterborough, Cambridgeshire and Suffolk. Its primary aim is to enable every young person to grow and develop, running initiatives that tackle issues such as youth engagement, youth offending, mental health, access to employment, domestic violence, and crisis support. Schools can access a range of mental health services such as counselling, group work, staff training, and supervision.

To find out more about YMCA Trinity Group, visit: https://ymcatrinitygroup.org.uk/

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