Student filmmakers throughout California are invited to “Direct Change” by submitting videos for a statewide contest to prevent suicide and change minds about mental illness.
The contest is part of statewide efforts to prevent suicide, reduce stigma and discrimination related to mental illness, and to promote the mental health and wellness of students.
I'm hearing a lot of noise about this lately, and I'm actually planning to interview a family that's struggling with mental illness, depression and suicide attempts. It's a lot more common than we imagine, so hopefully efforts like this will increase much needed awareness.
Here's the details of the contest:
Open to high school students in California
Students have to develop a 60-second public service announcement about suicide prevention or eliminating mental illness stigma during the 2012/13 school year.
Winning team and associated school earn a $1,000 cash prize
Enters each school into a drawing for a free suicide prevention program
Winning students and schools are recognized at an award ceremony in Sacramento at the end of the school year
For more information, submission guidelines, and entry forms, click here.
Entry deadline to submit final PSA’s is at 12 a.m. March 1, 2013.
Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org