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. Note: The message does not have to be one of the messages below, 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 dialogue or another creative way. This may include interactions in online communities (e.g., 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.
- - Be Supportive: Show ways in which friend or family members can support someone experiencing a mental health challenge.
- - 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.
- - Ways to cope with challenges such as the coronavirus, and how to practice self-care. Right now, we are living through history, which can bring on a lot of feelings. What are you experiencing and how are you coping? What helps you get through tough times?
- - Demonstrate how cultural groups can provide support and strength when dealing with mental health challenges or emotional crises. For example, traditions, healing practices, and other support from your culture can be protective and positively impact our mental health. Your film could dispel myths and misconceptions about mental health that might be prevalent in a particular culture and show that seeking help is not shameful.
If yes, award up to 25 points