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MYH Press Release October 2009

Winners of the See Me photo competition to promote mental well-being were announced earlier this month.

The See Me competition, hosted by SIC and supported by Mind Your Head and NHS Shetland, was part of a national event and the the three Shetland winners will now go forward to the national final.  The theme of the competition, 'Be there, be yourself', was interpreted by the winners in distinct ways. Local area host organiser Annie Nicolson, SIC human resources said all 23 entries showed that everyone can do something in their own way.

Announcing the winners, chairman of NHS Shetland Ian Kinniburgh emphasised the importance of ending stigma and discrimination around mental health, and that anything to break down barriers to seeking help was welcome.

Over 18 winner Kevin Jones spotted a toddler sitting on a rugby ball and snapped the photo from the back.  Kevin said, " He showed initiative making use of the rugby ball for a seat. It inspires happiness."

Under-18 winner Emma Hand, 15, a pupil at Sandwick Junior High School, said she was "really really happy" to have won.  She took her photo of herself and a friend on her phone while sitting on a wall beside the harbour, a casual shot of a carefree moment.

Winner of the public's vote was Kim Rendall, who entered an atmospheric photo of flowers silloutted against a sunset.  She said, "After my dad died I found inspiration and peace of mind when out on the hill".

One of the judges, deputy chief executive Hazel Sutherland, said the photos captured the essence of positive mental health - being happy to be yourself.  She said that she and her fellow judges, Barrie Jehu, Alan Murdoch and Billy Fox, had enjoyed judging the photos- which comprised many nature and people scenes - and found it "a really inventive way to think about mental health".

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