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2020 Mourant Essay Competition places spotlight on positive mental health

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22 June 2020

With COVID-19 affecting the way many of us live our lives and the potential impact on the mental health and wellbeing of whole societies, this year's Mourant Psychology Essay Competition encourages Jersey's secondary school students to explore the topic of how to achieve and maintain positive mental health.

Sponsored for the third consecutive year by leading offshore law firm, Mourant, the competition is open to Year 13 pupils studying Psychology either at A-level or through the International Baccalaureate and invites entrants to write a 1,000 word essay relating to positive mental health in Psychology.

Mourant Partner and supporter of the initiative, Sarah Huelin, said: "We’re proud to partner once again with Jersey’s schools in this competition that encourages young people to talk openly about mental health and to share their thoughts and opinions on this crucial topic.

"The focus on positive mental health for this year’s competition is particularly relatable, with the consequences of the pandemic shining a spotlight on the importance of caring for our mental health. As a local employer, we’re passionate about raising awareness of mental health in the wider community and supporting the mental and physical wellbeing of our people."

Competition entrants have the chance to win one of three cash prizes. First prize is £200 plus a £350 bursary to contribute to the cost of university visits. Second and third prizes are £150 and £100 respectively.

The competition is to be judged by an independent panel composed of Michelle Vaughan - Principal Educational Psychologist, Rachel Baxter - Senior Adviser for Standards and Achievement at the Government of Jersey and new judge Carli Garraghan – Chartered Forensic Psychologist at the States of Jersey Prison Service.

Adrian Moss, Head of Psychology at Hautlieu School and competition co-ordinator, said: "The competition offers a fantastic opportunity for students to not only demonstrate an extension of their knowledge and deeper understanding of psychology and mental health, but also grow in personal ability and confidence. In these unprecedented times, raising awareness of mental health is increasingly important for the future sustainability of our society and wider communities. I'm therefore grateful for the continued support received from Mourant in opening up the dialogue on this important subject."

Students interested in entering the competition should contact Adrian Moss at a.moss@hautlieu.sch.je or contact with their A-level Psychology teacher. Closing date for entries is 23 July 2019 with an award ceremony for the winners taking place on 30 September.