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Hapton schoolgirl wins Teenage Mental Health bookmark competition

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A Hapton schoolgirl’s bookmark design – encouraging children to seek help if they are struggling with their mental health – has been crowned the winner of a county-wide competition.

Hapton Primary School student Sophie Cutting’s creation was selected out of more than 100 entries from more than 20 schools in Norfolk and Suffolk as the winner by Teenage Mental Health.

The nine-year-old’s design featured a drawing of a tree, with the message: “Hey, have you been feeling a little down today? Well that’s OK because even I have some of those days. If something is on your mind, please tell a trusted adult.”

Her reward for winning the competition was a Crayola stationery set and a £15 Amazon gift card.

The Year 5 pupil’s teacher, Laura Mather, laid praise described Sophie as an “asset to the school”.

She said: “Sophie was absolutely over the moon. It’s such a wonderful and positive message, and a brilliant achievement, especially when you consider the amount of entries. I’m just so pleased for her.”

“She’s a really enthusiastic young girl; a little cheeky, with a very good sense of humour and, most importantly, very kind. She’s a real asset to our school.”

In the UK, around 10 per cent of children and young people aged five to 16 have a clinically diagnosable mental health problem.

Miss Mather added that Sophie’s bookmark should serve as an important reminder to adolescents that support is available.

“It’s absolutely vital that we talk about children’s mental health,” she said. “The most important thing about it is children realise they are not alone.

“We talk a lot about physical health, but it’s vital that children understand their mental health is just as important.

“We need to let them know that if they are feeling a certain way, that they should find someone to talk to, and Sophie’s bookmark has done just that.”

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