Is one of your classmates struggling with a mental health issue or addiction? Take Action!
Lights, camera, action, that is. As part of Children’s Mental Health Week from May 5-11, Children's Mental Health Ontario (CMHO) has launched the fourth annual Change the View contest on YouTube, to promote "healthy school environments for students with mental health and/or addictions problems."
What can your kid's school do to support students experiencing mental health issues? Think you know? Then post a video for a chance to win cash prizes.
According to the press release, contest rules and submission guidelines are available to view at www.kidsmentalhealth.ca.
“Gone are the days when we thought that mental health issues were limited to adults facing adult challenges” says Gordon Floyd, President and CEO of Children’s Mental Health Ontario. “One in five Ontario children and youth has a diagnosable mental illness.” They shouldn't have to suffer in silence or wallow in shame.
The theme of this year's Change the View was decided by CMHO’s Youth Action Committee (YAC), a team of young people from across Ontario working together to reduce stigma and improve mental health services for children and youth.
The YAC will judge the video submissions. Winners will receive cash prizes for first, second and third place. CMHO will announce winners during Children’s Mental Health Week. The deadline for submissions is April 10, 2013.
View last year's winning entry below.