Photography Competition Marks the Launch of Andover Mind’s  New Community CentreTo coincide with the launch of their new community well­being centre, Andover Mind are holding a photography competition with the theme ­ “Inspiring Images of Andover”. They are calling on the public to submit photos that link to the Five Ways to Well­being and demonstrate how they are represented in Andover.

The Five Ways to Well­being are simple things individuals can do in their everyday lives which have been proven to promote people’s well­being. They are: Connect, Be Active, Take Notice, Keep Learning and Give. The Five Ways have been used by health organisations, schools and community projects across the UK and around the world to help people take action to improve their well­being.

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Debra Ramchurn CEO of Andover Mind said “ For the past few weeks we have been refurbishing the downstairs space in our Andover Well­being Centre. Mental ill­health affects 1 in 4 people at some time in their life and there is still a lot of stigma attached to it. We believe we can help break down that stigma locally by making an accessible space for the community to talk and find out about mental health. We want to encourage as many people as possible to come in whether they have a mental health problem or are just interested in maintaining their mental well­being. The new centre opens on 4th October and the photo competition is a great way to make us stop and think about the things which affect our own well­being.”

There will be 12 winning photos with prizes in 2 categories ­ under 18 and 18 and over age groups. The winning entries will be made into a calendar and sold to raise funds for Andover Mind. The deadline for competition entries is September 23rd 2016 and the best photos will be picked by a judging panel.

To enter, photos should be emailed to photos@andovermind.org.uk detailing which of the five ways it represents, where it was taken and when. Entrants can also share their photos on Twitter by using @AndoverMind and the hashtag #andovermindphoto . Entry is free. For more information about the well­being launch or the photo competition please contact Lisa Langman on 01264 332297.

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