Young People Can Use Creativity to Promote Mental Wellness

Young people can make a difference in a variety of ways, including using their creativity to develop films about important topics such as mental health, suicide prevention, reaching out to others in need or standing up for others to prevent bullying. Here are just a few opportunities for youth to get involved and make a difference using the fun creative medium of filmmaking!

  • Directing Change Student Film Contest: Create a 60-second film about preventing suicide or ending the silence of mental illness and compete to win cash prizes, a trip to Sacramento for an award ceremony and legislative briefing at the Capitol, and get mental health education and resources for your school. www.directingchangeca.org/
  • The 48-Hour Film Project: Compete with other filmmakers from the San Diego area to see who can make the best short film in only 48 hours. www.48hourfilm.com/en/sandiego
  • Art With Impact: Share your voice, time and talent by creating a short film that connects people to global issues. www.artwithimpact.org
  • Innovative Video Education (iVIE): Create a film that raises public awareness of an issue or inspires others, as part of this San Diego County wide student video competition. www.ivieawards.org/
  • The Great American No Bull Challenge: Tell your own personal story by creating short films and public service announcements that spark dialogue about bullying. www.nobullchallenge.org

These are just a few of the ways that youth can use their creativity and passion to influence change and empower other youth and adults to live healthier lives. Get up and express your creativity today!