“Get Ya Head Right 2012”  The Young People’s Film Competition About Mental Health and Wellbeing.

We invite you to participate in this new and unique event aimed at harnessing the natural talent of Australia’s young people to assist in maintaining the mental health and wellbeing of their peers.

This is a great opportunity for young people to express their creativity, become more aware and conversant about important mental health issues and participate constructively in the development of preventative strategies; not to mention get themselves 4 minutes of fame for a positive cause!

Young people (under the age of 25) are invited to assist in maintaining the mental health and wellbeing of our young people. Popular culture is in a constant state of change and young people are often at the leading edge of that change.

Some of these changes are extremely positive, such as the technological revolution that has spawned the information age, the internet and digital consciousness.  While other developments are profoundly damaging such as cyber bullying, binge drinking, high-risk sexual activity, increasing rates of youth depression, self harm and suicide.

This initiative is designed to facilitate both awareness of, discussion about and the development of useful resources for young people to maintain and protect their mental health and wellbeing.

The process of researching and making the film requires young people to improve their understanding of the issues and how it may affect not only themselves but also their peers, friends, family and community. By doing the project at school, teachers will be able to increase awareness and suggest appropriate actions that help maintain the mental health and wellbeing of their students and their peers in and outside of the school community.

The role of teachers
Teachers also have access to a comprehensive Teacher’s Kit which comprises of a selection of activities and focus questions to help students explore the themes and issues arising from the competition. Students are encouraged to use their films as part of their academic portfolio.

Topics:
1. Depression
2. Suicide/self harm
3. Cyber bullying
4. Sexting
5. Bullying
6. Peer-pressure
7. Alcohol/binge drinking
8. Sexualisation
9. Body image
10. Self esteem

Prizes

The prizes will be a combination of cash and equipment for schools and individuals. To be announced.

A website for Get Ya Head Right will be up and running soon, watch the blogs for more details to come.

Writer Helen Splarn. Editor Dr Ramesh Manocha.
Source: Generation Next. Get Ya Head Right 2012