THROUGH a partnership with local secondaries, the council and local mental health charity East Dunbartonshire Association for Mental Health, first year school pupils have been tasked with doodling away to their hearts content to celebrate ‘National Doodle Day’.
The event focused on ‘changing minds’ – looking at how positive mental health and well being are important in making minds happier and healthier. First year pupils were asked to doodle about something they like to help their mind and body get healthy and happy.
Each school chose a winner and the winners were put into a grand prize draw which was won by Ali McAleer from Bearsden Academy.
Ali’s doodle, along with the runners up, will be displayed through a range of advertising media throughout East Dunbartonshire, including libraries and schools, to promote a positive message about the importance of mental health and well being. The winners are:
Ali McAleer – Bearsden Academy (Grand Prize), Mark O’Brien – Lenzie Academy, Iain MacLeod – Boclair Academy, Joseph Thomas – Turnbull High, Laura Stevenson – Bishopbriggs Academy, Ryan McManus – St Ninian’s High and Emma Williamson – Douglas Academy.
Convener of the council’s social work committee, Councillor Michael O’Donnell, said: “Doodle Day is a fantastic event which highlights many young people’s concerns. Issues such a bullying, family and relationship problems, exam pressure and physical appearance can often be very stressful. Doodle Day is all about encouraging school children to express themselves and talk about their feelings and doodling is a great stress reliever. I congratulate Ali on her winning doodle.”