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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  • Title

    Breakthrough

    Grade

    11

    Description from the submitter

    This short film shares one teen’s journey of breaking free from his symptoms of social anxiety and not letting them define his life. He takes action and reflects on how it only takes one step to make a change for the better.

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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