Young people’s services launch competition for Mental Health Awareness Week

A creative competition for young people is taking place across Dumfries and Galloway to mark Mental Health Awareness Week this month.

The special week runs from Monday to Sunday Mary 18-24 and this year’s theme is Kindness.

CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service) and ISSU 18 (Young People’s Substance Service) are inviting all five to 18-year-olds to either draw a picture, design a poster or write a poem about, ways they have been looking after themselves during COVID 19 or what kindness means to them.

During Mental Health Awareness Week, the pictures, posters and poems will be featured on the CAMHS/ISSU 18 social media pages and displayed within the Willows – Children, Young People and Family Centre.

You can enter by either emailing a photo of your picture, poster or poem to: or by sending a private message of your photo of your picture, poster or poem to CAMHS & ISSU 18 at

Include your name, age and what area of Dumfries and Galloway you live in along with your entry.

As a thank you, they will be giving away one box of cheese XL crisps to one person whose entry stands out and a runner-up prize of chocolates.

The deadline date for entries is Friday May 15 and they look forward to seeing all your creativity.