2022 Regional Judging - Mental Health Matters

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    1-800-273-TALK (8255).

    The entry you are judging is a 60-second film in the mental health matters category. This category has special content that must be included and specific content that must be avoided for the safety of and respect for the audience.

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    Description from the submitter

    The short film covers various aspects of mental health and its symptoms. The young teen alone conveys what many individuals feel are not signs of depression. Being alone can be a good thing, but a large dosage can become signs mental health decline. The film had depicted similar situations of adolescent depression through backed research studies such as ERIC and the US National Library of Medicine. Symptoms such as lack of sleep, energy loss, and loneliness have all been displayed in our film "Travel". We also used various sources of symbolism within our film. The video clip of the dirty ground symbolizes walking to an unclear destination while simultaneously overlooking mental health problems that are in your everyday life. Also, the ocean is commonly used in relation to feeling lost or isolated. The ending had a clear call to action for those who may have received similar symptoms to those listed in the film. Lastly, the film had also given another call to action of standing up to those who may be in need. The last clip of a person coming by the main characters side represents a different perspective of someone who listens to people that can change a teenager's life for the better. Citation Neto, Roque, et al. “Social Media Use, Loneliness, and Academic Achievement: A Correlational Study with Urban High School Students.” Journal of Research in Education, Eastern Educational Research Association. George Watson, Marshall University, One John Marshall Drive, College of Education and Professional Development, Huntington, WV 25755. e-Mail: Eerajournal@Gmail.com; Web Site: Http://Www.eeraorganization.org, 30 Nov. 2014, https://eric.ed.gov/?id=EJ1097983. Nutt, D., Wilson, S., & Paterson, L. (2008). Sleep disorders as core symptoms of depression. Dialogues in clinical neuroscience. Retrieved February 28, 2022, from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3181883/ Copyright Proof The 126ers, "Water Lily", https://youtu.be/BQm22usqKds Myuu, "You", https://youtu.be/75DdDuSZ4rg

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  • Safe Messaging Scoring Measures

  • 1. Does the film tell a story that encourages young people to reach out for support when they need it and/or shows them how to support others?

    The film should have a positive message of support, acceptance, hope, and/or recovery related to mental health challenges. We are looking for stories about getting help, or how to support a friend or family member that is going through tough times. This may include interactions in online communities (i.e. Facebook, texts).

    Here are a few examples:
    • Talk openly: The film can emphasize that it is acceptable to talk about mental health challenges, and to support friends and loved ones with such challenges.
    • Stand up for others: The film can demonstrate the importance of young people standing up for themselves or those living with a mental health challenge who are being harassed, bullied, and excluded or in some other way discriminated against. This may also include interactions in online communities (i.e. Facebook, Twitter, texting).
    • Be Supportive: Show ways in which friend or family members can support someone experiencing a mental health challenge.
    • Join the mental health movement: This is a young adult’s issue: mental health challenges most often show up between the ages of 14‐24. The film could inspire young people across California to join the mental health movement.
    • Get the facts and understand the issue: The film could illustrate that a diagnosis of mental illness does not define a person and/or debunk the negative misconceptions about mental illness.
    • Don’t wait to get help: The film can let people know that there is help out there for people living with a mental illness. That treatment and support work and that most people who experience a mental health challenge can recover especially if treated early.
    Note: The message does not have to be one of the messages above, as long as the message encourages positive change, support or help-seeking. It does not have to be stated verbatim but could be implied through dialog or another creative way.
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  • 2. Does the film communicate a message that inspires the viewer to take action?

    Think of it this way: Does the film offer the viewer specific suggestions of what they can do? Does the film encourage the viewer to feel, act or think differently? We would like the films to be action oriented and encourage change and support. For example, where to get help, how to offer support to someone, how to get involved or learn more information. We have asked our young filmmakers to be creative: Don’t just tell someone what to do, but show them how to do this.

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  • 3. Is the film about young people (ages 12-25)?

    Mark “Yes” if youth in the age group 14-24 were represented in the film.
    Please keep in mind that the film does not have to solely focus on youth; however, youth need to have some kind of role or voice in the film.

  • 4. Does the film consistently use person-first language, which refers to people who are living with mental health challenges as part of their full-life experience, not people who are defined by their mental health challenges?

    (Mark “Yes” if the film uses appropriate “person-first language”)

    Person first language respectfully puts the person before the illness and reinforces the idea that those who experience mental health challenges are not defined by their condition. Using person-first language helps steer clear of stigmatizing language that may lead to discriminatory ideals.

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    I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder.I am bipolar
    She is experiencing a mental health challenge.She is mentally ill.
    People living with mental health challenges…The mentally il
    He Has SchizophreniaHe is Schizophrenic
    She experience symptoms of DepressionShe is depressed
  • Technical and Creative Measures

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