Monthly Prompt Judging Form

 

Dear Judge,

We encourage you to seek personal support if you become troubled by the content of this category. If you experience an emotional crisis, please reach out to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline by calling 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or to the California Warmline at (855) 845-7415.

The entries you are judging are submissions in the Hope and Justice category. Entries in this category deal with a variety of topics including mental health, suicide prevention, social justice and other complex topics that need to be addressed with compassion and knowledge.

For this category we asked youth to communicate about what they are feeling, increase knowledge about an issue or take a stand against injustice, or share their perspective in a way that gives others a glimpse into their lives. While some youth submit entries share ideas for solutions to the issues of concern, others used this as an opportunity to process their feelings in a therapeutic way. We welcome all types of submissions. In our submission criteria, we remind youth that whatever message they choose, their submissions need to be thoughtful and respectful. We asked youth to be honest about their feelings, but to be sure their entries convey that they are coming from a place of cultural humility and has the intent to further understanding and constructive dialogue about social justice and change. So, as a judge please score each of these entries based on how well they conveyed their messages and followed these guidelines. At any point if you are experiencing technical difficulties with the website, or have questions regarding the category, please email Shanti@DirectingChange.org or call (619) 786-5622.

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Entry Details

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Reaching Out for Help Does Make A Change

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Description from the submitter

Lots of people suffer from mental health issues, and according to the research, between 2009 and 2013, 446 youth aged to 10-17 died by suicide in California. The purpose of my artwork is to promote the national suicide prevention lifeline which is 1-800-273-8255, and spread idea that help is available. I thought that lots of people need help, but they don’t know where they should reach for help. In my personal experience, I felt loneliness when I was depressed, and I thought it was important to acknowledge people who are in depression that they are not alone, and there should be people who actually care for them. I drew the phone number and gave a color range of red to green, to show the stress level. Red symbolizes severe stress level, and green represents the stable mentality. I wanted to show how people can change their mind only by calling and reaching out for help. The butterflies in the artwork represent the hope for change, and these butterflies become the path for reaching out for help. The boy in the picture was suffering from depression, but he changes as he makes progress and asks for help. The background represents mental health, because it is extremely stormy and thunders when the stress level is at the dangerous level, but the sky becomes bright when the stress level decreases. The color of his shirt turns more green as his mental health improves. At the end of the phone number, the person with the green ribbon holds the boy’s hand. My message is that help is always available, and recovery from depression is possible, so you should always reach out for help if you are considering suicide, rather than hiding it.

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Messaging Scoring Measures

Please enter a number from 0 to 25.

Prompt: Dear Me: Youth were asked to create a piece of art, film, or letter with a message to your future self. Take time to reflect on what you would like the future to bring in a year, two years, five years, ten years, or more! To celebrate Mental Health Awareness Month in May, be sure to include how you have taken care of your mental health or your goals for taking care of your mental health in the future. Your message can remind you of your accomplishments or be a reminder of what you’ve overcome and experienced. Use this as an opportunity to send your future-self a hopeful message that reminds you about your resiliency and strength.

The lime green ribbon is a symbol of mental health and may be incorporated in submissions in a creative way.

Entries can:
  • Share with your future self how you are “more than a mental illness.” What are the amazing qualities you have and the things you are most passionate about?
  • Create a piece of art or short film that shares a message of hope and encouragement to your future self. You could share some of the coping techniques that are working for you, how you overcame adversity, or how you successfully managed your mental health or mental illness.
  • Create a piece of art, audio recording, letter, or short film that imagines what your future self will be like, what your dreams are, or reminds you of your strengths and resilience.
  • Be creative! When creating your message to your future self, think of yourself not just as students, but as human beings: as a sister, brother, friend, an artist, an advocate, a leader, etc. How do you hope to support others in the future and what support do you hope to receive?
Please enter a number from 0 to 15.
While this scoring measure is highly subjective and based on each individual’s feelings after viewing the submission, the goal of this scoring measure is to judge how well the youth succeeded in inspiring the audience in a way that leaves a lasting and meaningful impact and/or provided information that will advance knowledge on the topic.
Please enter a number from 0 to 25.
Please enter a number from 0 to 15.
This is less about content, but about the creativity used to communicate the content.
Please enter a number from 0 to 10.
  • If a film or TikTok – consider the focus, exposure, audio clarity, use of graphics and/or special effects, pacing and flow.
  • If a painting, digital art, sketch, comic, animation, or other 2-D art – consider the skill in use of line, color, form, texture, perspective, visual rhythm, etc.
  • If a radio PSA – consider the pace, clarity of messaging, use of music or sound effects, overall flow of script, etc.
  • If original music – consider the clarity, rhythm, musical and/or mechanical skill, phrasing, etc.
  • If a blog, poem, spoken word, essay or other narrative – consider the structure, grammar, word choice, flow, rhyme scheme, expressiveness, etc.
Please enter a number from 0 to 10.
If you are experiencing an emotional crisis, are thinking about suicide or are concerned about a friend call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline immediately: 1-800-273-8255This is a free 24-hour hotline.
Directing Change 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. These initiatives are funded by counties through the Mental Health Services Act (Prop 63) and administered by the California Mental Health Services Authority (CalMHSA), an organization of county governments working to improve mental health outcomes for individuals, families and communities.
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