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Maria's heart logo captures the essence of Lanarkshire's mental health services for young people

A student’s heart-shaped design has been chosen as the new logo for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) in Lanarkshire.

The service worked closely with art and design students at New College Lanarkshire in Cumbernauld to come up a new, vibrant and engaging logo.

Following an extensive four-month research and design process, eight designs were shortlisted as part of a competition and the winner chosen following a vote by patients, parents, and the public.

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The contemporary winning design, created by Maria Crawford, captures the essence of CAMHS while reflects the woodland surrounding the newly opened £1.5 million outpatient service and will now be used on all communications and signage.

Maria said: “I wanted to reflect the fact that the heart isn’t perfect and for the colours to represent people as individuals who are brought together surrounded by love.

“When we were given the brief, I focussed on things that inspire me. I researched the colours I wanted to use as they all represent positive emotions such as strength, positivity and love. Then I came up with four or five initial designs, before choosing one to submit.

“It feels unbelievable to be chosen as the winning design and it’s nice that it’s going to be used as the logo for such a worthwhile

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A pandemic is a disease epidemic that has spread across a large region, for instance multiple continents, or worldwide. A widespread endemic disease with a stable number of infected people is not a pandemic. Further, flu pandemics generally exclude recurrences of seasonal flu. Throughout history, there have been a number of pandemics of diseases such as smallpox and tuberculosis. One of the most devastating pandemics was the Black Death, which killed an estimated 75–200 million people in the 14th century.