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Press Contact: Matthai Chakko, (510) 981-7008

STUDENT VIDEO CONTEST ON BULLYING
Enter by May 4

Berkeley, California (Friday, April 27, 2018) - We are inviting youth to submit a 60 second, first-person video on bullying and cyberbullying, behaviors that compromise the health of individuals, schools, and our communities.

These student-created videos should highlight the effect of bullying or cyberbullying on individuals as well as strategies to overcome bullying and cyberbullying.  The student video contest - which must only feature the student submitting the video - is open to high school, middle school and elementary school aged students in Berkeley and Albany.

The three winners, who will be selected by Berkeley Mental Health staff, will each will receive a cash prize of $500. In addition, selected videos will be featured at the May is Mental Health event, a gathering designed to promote wellness and shatter stigmas surrounding mental health disorders that will take place on Wednesday, May 16th at the South Berkeley Senior Center from 5-8pm.

Submit your video by 5pm on Friday, May 4, 2018. All submissionsmust have a signed release form emailed to bawhite@cityofberkeley.info. Learn more about bullying, get the full contest rules and obtain the release form in the contest flyer

Bullying is repeated aggressive behavior and can be physical, verbal, or relational. It can occur in-person or online. Cyberbullying occurs when someone uses technology like email, social media, text messages or other digital applications. Unlike traditional bullying, cyberbullying can follow a victim anywhere, so no place, not even home, feels safe.  Further, the actions of cyberbullies can be witnessed by hundreds, even thousands, of people online with a click of a button.

To learn facts and strategies to overcome bullying and cyberbullying visit KidsHealth.org. If you or someone you know is in need of emotional support or help, call the  City of Berkeley Mental Health Crisis Services at (510) 981-5244 or the suicide prevention lifeline at (800) 273-TALK.

Creating safe spaces for conversations about mental health can change lives. You can make a difference. Create a 60 second video combating bullying and cyberbullying and promote mental wellness, recovery and well-being in our community. For additional information call (510) 981-7646.

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