Local people asked to take their best shot of their companions!


People across Calderdale, Kirklees and Wakefield are being invited to enter a special photo competition run by the local mental health and learning disability NHS Trust.

The ‘Take your best shot’ competition aims to give people the opportunity to get creative as a way of looking after their mental wellbeing.

The winning photograph, along with two runners up, is published in the Trust’s members’ magazine, Like Minds, which is distributed across Yorkshire and Humber to over 13,000 Trust members. Winning photos are also displayed at special events and on the Trust’s website.

The theme for the competition is “companions” and it’s free to enter.

Photographs can be emailed to photo@swyt.nhs.uk or put it in the post to Like minds photography competition, Communications, Fieldhead, Ouchthorpe Lane, Wakefield, WF1 3SP. Entrants names and the name of their entry must be included.

All photos must be received no later than 10th October, which is also World Mental Health Day. The Trust is marking this international event with its own Festival of Wellbeing which celebrates creativity, among other things, as a way of boosting people’s mental wellbeing. An array of creative activities are being planned locally between 29th September and 16th October to reflect this.

The Trust’s Chair Joyce Catterick said, "It is really important that people take time out from their daily routines to do something a little different and reflect on what really matters in life. Creative activities like photography are great for that and a fantastic way to boost our mental wellbeing. Companions, the theme of our competition, are incredibly important to all of us, whether it be a friend, pet, neighbour, workmates, family or even a paintbrush or a good book. The competition is therefore something everyone can relate to and get involved in and we hope that local people find the time to enter."

Entrants must be members of South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, but those who aren’t already members can easily join up by visiting www.southwestyorkshire.nhs.uk or calling 01924 327567. All entrants will retain copyright of their image and are responsible for gaining the consent of any individuals featured in the picture.

More information about the competition and its entry rules is available at www.southwestyorkshire.nhs.uk. Anyone with any queries should call 01924 327567 or email photo@swyt.nhs.uk

Local people asked to take their best shot of their companions!

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