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YoungMinds launches #LifeOnTheWeb Cartoon Comp

Mental health charity YoungMinds is launching a major new cartoon competition about the pressures of the online world

Posted by Rebecca Paddick | May 06, 2016 | E-safety

To enter, applicants are asked to submit a cartoon, comic strip or 5-10 second animation showing their experience of coping with life online.

Nick Harrop, Campaigns Manager at YoungMinds, said: “This is the first generation to grow up with the internet and social media as a fact of life, and we hope this competition will help explore the pressures and challenges that this creates.

“We want people to draw cartoons – which could be funny, serious, quirky or thought-provoking – about social media addiction, gaming, obsession with phones, FOMO, the need to be camera-ready at all times, cyberbullying and the difference between your online and offline world. Anything, in fact, about the online pressures that young people face today.”

The competition will be judged by the cult online artist Rubyetc, illustrator and author Mike Medaglia and a panel of YoungMinds activists. The winning entries will be published on the YoungMinds website and in national media, and entrants will be in with the chance to win one of 13 prizes from the London Graphic Centre. 

We want people to draw cartoons – which could be funny, serious, quirky or thought-provoking – about social media addiction, gaming, obsession with phones, FOMO, the need to be camera-ready at all times, cyberbullying and the difference between your online and offline world

Rubyetc, whose work focuses on mental health, highlighted the fact that drawing is an effective way of coping with difficult emotions. She said: “Drawing is a safe space to express things that are going on for you. When I was about 18, I’d left school and had been unwell for a long time. For me, comics were a really good medium to talk about what was happening. It’s almost like that was my voice – illustrations were basically a way of expressing what was going on.”

Judge Mike Medaglia encouraged all young people to try drawing: “When we draw we express ourselves in a unique way. It is not that we need to know ourselves before we can express ourselves through drawing. Instead by drawing, we can learn who we are and what we need to express. This goes for all people, even someone who may not be confident in their drawing abilities. What is wonderful about drawing is how quickly one can improve with just the slightest bit of effort.”

The competition is open to young people up to age 25, and closes at 5pm on 26th May 2016. The winning entries will be part of a major new campaign about online pressures, which will launch in June.

Enter the competition by sending your cartoon, comic strip or animation to ymenquiries@youngminds.org.ukFull information about the competition, including how to apply and Terms and Conditions, can be found here: www.youngminds.org.uk/onlinepressures

W: www.youngminds.org.uk

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