The Samaritans, in conjunction with The Science Museum Naked Science
today announced their plans to launch a stress-themed competition aimed at 15
to 24 year olds running from 3rd September until 31st January 2002. A panel
of celebrity judges and experts in their field will choose the winners from
three categories, comprising traditional, digital and written work in two age
groups, 15 to18 years and 19 to 24 years.
Winners will be invited to a celebrity prize-giving ceremony and exhibition
of entrants work to be held in the Science Museum at the beginning of
2003. Winners in each category will receive 500 and runners up prizes
of 100 and 50 will be awarded to the second and third place entrants.
Using the theme of stress, the competition gives young designers, photographers,
digital artists and writers the chance to express how they and their peers deal
with the effects of daily life in one of the categories below, whilst offering
an opportunity to have their work displayed to a wider audience:
- Traditional: photography, drawings, sketches, cartoons
or paintings or other 2-D artwork
- Digital: animated digital files, video, audio,
graphics or other digital medium
- Written: original lyrics, poems or other written expressions
All entries will be judged by a panel of experts from the creative arts, including
artist Sam Taylor-Wood, poet Patrick Jones, DJ Judge Jules and editor of Creative
Review, Patrick Burgoyne.
The competitions stress theme and age range was informed by the results
of a national stress survey carried out earlier this year on behalf of The Samaritans.
The results showed that people between the ages of 15 and 24 were most likely
to be brought down by stress, to feel isolated or alone, that there is no one
they can turn to or even suicidal. It also showed that a common response to
these feelings was to drink alcohol or watch TV which can make these feelings
seem worse in the long run.
Chief executive of The Samaritans, Simon Armson, said, "Stress today takes
a very high toll on young peoples lives. It is an unavoidable consequence
of modern life, but suppressing feelings of distress can exacerbate emotional
problems. The Samaritans believes its vital to talk about feelings but
recognises that it can be hard. The Stressed Out competition provides an outlet
for people to communicate their emotions through creative expression and to
share their experiences with others."
Dr Deborah Scopes, Naked Science programme co-ordinator, The Science Museum,
said, "Scientists have shown that stress is not all bad. We need some of
the effects of stress to be able to function well. But too much stress is not
good for us and certain people are more vulnerable to its effects than others.
This is a unique opportunity for people to visit the Stressed Out website to
understand more about stress, its impact on our health and to investigate ways
in which we can avoid its harmful effects."
Judge Jules, DJ, commented, "I'm lucky, because when I get stressed my
job is what helps me get over it. there's nothing that comes close to the feeling
I get when I'm on the decks for getting rid of any tension or worries I've got.
But it's not as easy as that for some people - which is why I'm supporting The
Samaritans' creative competition. Hopefully it will encourage younger people
to de-stress positively too."
In previous years, entrants have included Julia Fullerton-Batten, a young photographer
who has gone on to a establish a successful career as a commercial photographer,
forming part of the Maverick Artist agency collective, and other well known