Writing Competition

Mental Health & Me 2016 – Faces, Places, Spaces Writing Competition


Mental Health & Me Winner Marian Carey & lmhf2016 patron Bill Ryder-Jones

We celebrated World Mental Health Day 2016 with the Mental Health and Me Awards, a project in collaboration with Writing on the Wall! CONGRATULATIONS to everyone who was featured in the book and won prizes!
Marian Carey, who entered work in the ‘Places’ category is this years overall winner – a special congratulations goes out to her.
Thank you very much to our festival patron Bill Ryder-Jones for a great Q&A session, we feel really honoured he took the time to do this and feel blessed to have developed a relationship with a great person and musician.

For everyone who entered, there is a completion certificate available to collect from Writing on the Wall. If you were a winner and were unable to attend the event, you can collect your certificate and also a  free copy of the book from Writing on the Wall, The Kuumba Imani Millennium Centre, 4 Princes Road, Toxteth, L8 1TH. Additional copies of the book can also be purchased from here.


FACES Category
1st Place – Elena Fernandez-Moreno ‘Exam Preparation’
2nd Place – Lorraine Wood ‘Mum’s Faces’
3rd Place – Janice Gaule ‘Faces of Ward 2Y’

Runners Up
Caroline Willcocks ‘The Face of OCD’,
Fatoumata Diane ‘I am’
Eleanor Taylor ‘My Father’s Face’
Yosef Gerezigher ‘I am unlucky to live without you my love’

PLACES Category
1st Place – Marian Carey ‘The Thousand Natural Shocks’
2nd Place – Lowri Llewelyn ‘Girl, Interrupted’
3rd Place – Terry Carney ‘Trials and Tribulations of an Ex-Forces Mind’

Runners Up
Ged Smith ‘Generations at the Cinema’
Gavin Knox ‘For the Well-being of the economy’
Amanda Burton – ‘For Simon’s Sake’

SPACES Category
1st Place – Joe Lavelle ‘Bleach’
2nd Place – Nathan Evans ‘Controlling the Weather’
3rd Place – Ali Harwood ‘Batten down the hatches’

Runners Up
Brian Wharton ‘Full Up’
Josephine Wood ‘The Storage Space’
Ann Evans ‘Relative Space’
David Horn ‘A Day Without Light’

Photo credit: Jazamin Sinclair

Mental Health & Me is back for the third year running with 2016 bringing a fresh new twist to this ground-breaking writing competition.

Introducing the Mental Health & Me Judges!

John Donoghue is an award-winning author & mental health pharmacist. He is a past chairman of the UK Psychiatric Pharmacy Group & a founding member of the College of Mental Health Pharmacy. In 2012, he was made a fellow of the College in recognition of his contribution to mental healthcare. He has written widely on mental health issues, has over 80 peer-reviewed publications, & has presented at international symposia. He has also created & delivered educational packages related to the treatment of severe mental distress which have been used both in the UK & internationally. In 2015, John’s novel ‘The Death’s Head Chess Club’ was published. It concerns a gifted Jewish chess player in Auschwitz. It has been published internationally, translated into 6 languages, & won the 2016 Waverton Good Read award.

 Faris Khalifa is a writer & mental health advocate. He has given talks, written blogs & provided consultation for charities such as Time to Change, The Mental Health Foundation & Sane. His work has appeared on online publications such as Reddit, Upworthy, The Guardian & The Echo. Faris has recently been featured as a case study in a documentary filmed by VICE UK, which aimed to shed light on the stigma around men & mental distress.

Clare Shaw, described by the Arvon Foundation as ‘one of the country’s most dynamic young poets’, has 2 collections from Bloodaxe: Straight Ahead (2006), which attracted a Forward Prize Highly Commended for Best Single Poem; & Head On (2012). Clare is a Royal Literary Fellow at Huddersfield University, & a regular tutor for the Poetry School, Wordsworth Trust, National Writer’s Centre for Wales, & the Arvon Foundation. She also works as a mental health trainer, researcher & consultant, & has published widely, including: Otis Doesn’t Scratch (PCCS 2015), an illustrated guide for young people struggling with self-injury; & Our Encounters with Self-injury (2013), an edited collection of first-hand experiences. Clare also led Writing on the Wall’s What’s Your Story? project with Liverpool Mental Health Consortium.

It’s too late to enter this year’s competition, but we’d love you to join us for the Mental Health & Me Creative Writing Performance & Awards Ceremony. This takes place on Monday 10th October, 6.00 pm – 8.00 pm at Liverpool Central Library, William Brown Street L3 8EW

Come & hear competition entrants read their work & see the launch of the anthology. Liverpool Mental Health Festival Patron, acclaimed songwriter & musician Bill Ryder-Jones, will be announcing the competition winner!

To find out more about Liverpool Mental Health Festival 2016:
Twitter:@liverpoolmhc #lmhf
Facebook: liverpoolmhc
Web: www.liverpoolmentalhealth.org