Behavioral health impacts our everyday lives, which includes our relationship with mental wellbeing and substance use. Negative attitudes, incorrect portrayals in the media, and misinformation intensifies the stigma associated with behavioral health and becomes a barrier to needed treatment and support. To dispel the inaccurate information and discrimination surrounding behavioral health, we need people, like you, to share their experiences. Using video, we are asking you to tell us your story/ stories and help re-write the script about behavioral health.
Create a short 2-5 min. documentary or fictional film based on your view of behavioral health. Tell a story about a real person, place or thing.
Guide for Choosing a Topic
What is behavioral health? How have events or individuals impacted your mental wellbeing?
Consider the following questions when creating a film.
- What have you experienced that has affected your mental health?
- What would you like others to know about your experience?
- What changes would you like to see in how people talk about and/or support mental health in your home, school, or community?
- What have you done to change the culture surrounding behavioral health?
This is about your story.
The following examples and questions are to just help you get started.
Body Image: Body image can be defined as a mental picture of one’s physical body and one’s attitude towards the physical self. Body image can be influenced by societal factors, such as culture, media, and interactions with family and friends. How have these influences affected you and your mental health? Are there challenges or barriers that you encounter to maintaining a positive body image? What can you do to maintain a positive body image of yourself and others?
FoMO: Fear of missing out. FoMO is something that happens to many of us and can impact our mental health in various ways. How does FoMO affect you? How do you feel when you’re feeling FoMO? How does it impact your relationship with friends/family or other parts of your life (school, work, etc.)? What role do you think social media plays in FoMO?
Trauma: Trauma can be experienced in many ways (physically, emotionally, mentally) and affects the way in which we relate and interact with the world around us. A traumatic event could have happened in our past or just recently, and it could have happened to us personally or indirectly. Have you been affected by a traumatic event? In what ways did it impact your mental health and overall well-being? What challenges have you faced in dealing with the trauma, or how have you overcome and thrived since then?
Anxiety/Depression: Anxiety and depression affects millions of individuals every year. It can impact your ability to do activities (school work, physical activity, etc.), and/or how you interact with others. How does anxiety and/or depression affect you? What do you do to overcome challenges that come with anxiety or depression? What can others do to help someone who has anxiety and/or depression?
Other possible topics:
- Drug or alcohol use
- Peer pressure
- LGBTQIA+ & mental health
- Relationships (friends, family, significant others)
- Body positivity
- School or club project on mental health
- Social media use
- Resilience & personal growth as it relates to mental health
Behavioral health encompasses many different aspects of our lives. There are just a FEW topic suggestions. If your idea is not listed, it probably still fits this contest! Send any questions or concerns to email@example.com