Suffolk Mind has today launched a competition to encourage teenagers to write about mental health. The competition is in memory of radio pioneer and Suffolk Mind Trustee David Cocks, who died last year.
Suffolk Mind is encouraging 16-18-year-olds across the county to write 500 word stories or poems about sleep and the emotional need for privacy.
Ezra Hewing, Head of Mental Health Education at Suffolk Mind says, “Getting the right amount and quality of sleep is important for good mental health, and sleep is always the first thing to be affected when we experience stress. The more stressed we become, the more REM (Rapid Eye Movement) sleep we have as the brain tries to calm us down through dreaming. Too much REM sleep means we have less deep recuperative sleep which is needed to repair the body. As a result, we often wake up feeling more tired than before we went to bed.”
He continued, “Having time and space to relax and daydream, and to develop our own points of view and life goals is important for good mental health too, and we can only do this if we have privacy and time to ourselves.”
The winner of the writing competition will be awarded a £100 book token and a trophy at a prize giving ceremony at Quay Place, Ipswich, on Thursday 1st March 2018. There will also be prizes for 2nd and 3rd runners up. Another large trophy will be engraved with the winner’s name each year and put on display at Quay Place, in memory of former Suffolk Mind Trustee David Cocks.
David passed away at the age of 71 last year. He was on the Suffolk Mind and East Suffolk Mind boards for 14 years. Away from the charity, he was a pioneer of local commercial radio in the UK. He started his career at the East Anglian Daily Times and then moved on to become one of the founding Directors of Radio Orwell and developed Suffolk Group Radio (SGR). He spent his last years as Executive Chairman of Anglian Radio.
The deadline for competition entries is Friday 2nd February 2018.
• Word count: 500 words max.
• Entries on A4 paper, double spaces, pages numbered with a title on each page.
• Original works must be accompanied by author’s name, address and telephone number.
• Entries after closing date will not be considered.
• Judges view is final.
• By submitting, you are agreeing to all contest rules.
• Contest rules are subject to change.
• By submitting, you agree that Suffolk Mind can publish and print your work online or in physical form.