Are you a dazzling designer, creative at colouring in, or Picasso with a paint brush?

We are searching for brilliant Christmas card designs from talented Primary School artists to use in our Christmas Card Campaign to highlight the importance of children’s mental health and wellbeing.

Four designs will be chosen from the entries, and printed Christmas cards will be made available to purchase from our website to raise funds for the charity’s work in schools around the country.

We are working to deliver training to 151,000 teachers across the UK in the basics of mental health support, giving them the skills to teach the new mental health curriculum and the confidence to be the mental health front line in the classroom.

How to get involved

If you would like your pupil’s designs to be considered, pictures must be of one of the following themes and how you see it tying in with mental health and wellbeing:

  • The Great Outdoors
  • Friends and Family
  • Animals
  • School Days

For example: a picture of their favourite place to visit, because it makes them happy, a drawing of someone who makes them smile, a picture of their pet that reassures them when they’re nervous or scared or a drawing of their best day at school.

There is no limit to the number of pictures / entries by an individual or a school. Please title the jpegs with the pupil’s first name and your school name – for internal identification (between you and us) when the winners are announced. The names of the four winner’s schools will be printed on the back of all the cards.

Completed pictures (scanned or photographed and saved as JPEGs) must be sent by email to cardscomp2020@shawmind.org by the closing date: Friday 2nd October 2020. Note: due to COVID safety rules, we will not accept posted pictures.

All entries will be shown to our special panel of judges who will pick their favourite four. Winners will be informed by 16th October 2020.

The designs will then be turned into Christmas cards and ready to purchase from the Shaw Mind website from 19thOctober 2020.

So what are you waiting for? Grab your pens, paints or crayons and get creative!

Conditions of entry (please read)

By submitting an entry you agree to letting us use the name of your school in publicity and on social media, however, we can confirm that the names of the individual children involved will NOT be shared by us on any platform.

Judges are appointed at the discretion of Shaw Mind and their decision is final. No correspondence regarding their rationale for decision-making or criteria for selection will be entered into.

Neither the schools nor the children creating the pictures will be eligible for any compensation and by submitting a picture for this competition the artist and the school grant Shaw Mind a royalty-free license to use the image in its original form or in amended form on our Christmas Card design for 2020.

Winning Schools offer

Each of the winners’ schools will be eligible for a free teacher training place on a two-day Mental Health First Aid  course presented by Shaw Mind’s MHFA England-registered trainer.

In addition, we’re delighted to be able to gift each of the winner’s schools with six children’s picture books, published by Trigger & Upside Down Books, all of which promote positive mental health and wellbeing and are approved by a mental health professional.

We look forward to receiving your entries.

Best wishes,

The Shaw Mind team