8-year-old’s design chosen for mental health logo

An 8-year-old Hope Academy student has designed a logo for the Mental Health Commission. 

The logo designed by Kaydence Whitney was chosen from among 10 students’ submissions for the competition. 

According to a press release issued by the Government Information Services on Monday, Kaydence was recently diagnosed with Asperger syndrome and feels “impassioned to help others who have experienced similar social difficulties and peer rejection.” 

Asperger syndrome as one of the autism spectrum disorders characterized by irregularities in social interaction and communication that pervade an individual’s functioning.  

Describing her design, Kaydence said the logo represents “all the people who have something different with their brains and how they feel because of it.” The teardrop shapes with words written on them represent the experiences and feelings of a person who has mental illness. 

At the bottom of the logo, a person with open arms symbolizes the Mental Health Commission.  

“The person is welcoming everyone, no matter what makes them different, because they give people hope,” said Kaydence.  

The logo is currently in production, and a final copy will be revealed within a month, according to the statement.  

“Kaydence’s personal story brings significance to the commission’s identity by using her symbolism to help fight the stigma around mental illness,” the statement continued. 

The commission presented her with an iPad mini that was co-sponsored by Tony Cleaver of the Cayman Mac Store, Behavioural Health Associates Cayman and The Wellness Centre. 

Cayman’s first Mental Health Commission was appointed by Cabinet in December 2013 following the passage of the Mental Health Law 2013. 

Part of the remit of the commission is to make recommendations to government, service providers and other stakeholders on ways to improve the local mental health system. It also hears appeals and carries out reviews of detained patients and runs advocacy, research and training programs in an effort to reduce stigma and discrimination. 

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Kaydence Whitney, center, holds up her logo design and the iPad she won for her efforts.

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