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.
Here are a few examples:
Body Image: 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. Those with negative body images have a greater likelihood of developing an eating disorder and more likely to suffer from depression, isolation, low self-esteem, and obsession with food.
FoMO: Fear of missing out creates anxiety/ depression that one is missing an exciting/ interesting event which is viewed though social media. Feeling those around you are having a better life. FoMO is a state of mental or emotional strain caused by the fear of missing out either because you’ve decided not to attend an event or were not included/left out.
Trauma: Trauma is the result of an overwhelming amount of stress that exceeds one’s ability to cope with their emotions surrounding a current or past event. Some examples are emotional/ physical/ sexual abuse, a death of a loved one, friend, etc.
Anxiety/Depression: Are common behavioral health illnesses which a person can experience either one or both and may have different levels of severity. They can be short-term or long-term. Depression is characterized by feeling sad/ blue, fatigue, hopelessness, and lack of interest in previous activities/ people. Signs of anxiety are nervousness, excessive worry, irrational fear, perfectionism, and self-doubt.
Guide for Choosing a Topic
What is behavioral health?
Consider the following questions when creating a film.
- Have you or anyone you know ever felt excluded, frustrated, sad?
- What are your experiences and those around you?
- How would you like it to be viewed?
- What changes would you like to see?