Overcoming Mental Illness/Stigma {Video}

By: Divey -Alliance House Member

In my Health Education class on Thursday nights we participate in Book Club discussion groups.  My partners Bata and Bracken asked me on October 27, 2016 if I would be willing to help them with a project.  They have another Health Education class together in which extra credit is being offered for class members who submit a video for the Healthi4U contest.  I volunteered to help.

We went to another room to videotape the video.  I asked them what topic they wanted to talk about.  They looked at each other confusedly and then asked me, “Do you have any topic you are passionate about?”  I smiled BIG.

Without a script and after already attending 2 classes that day I sat down and smiled at the camera.  I talked about the stereotypical preconceived ideas many people have about persons diagnosed with a mental illness. I explained about how the Alliance House is different from other rehabilitation methods.  I told how people experiencing mental illnesses that have been out in the community have skills that they can use to contribute to society.  We can rebuild old and develop new skills.  By being able to share these skills in society those affected by mental illness can contribute to society and require less support from their community and family.  I closed with, “I have returned to the University of Utah.  I contribute to society. I have mental illness, but it does not have me.”

Competition Overview

Healthi4U is an annual competitive program for interdisciplinary teams of students at the University of Utah to create short health-related videos. This competition is generously funded by the Nancy Eccles and Homer M. Hayward Family Foundation and is coordinated by the Healthi4U student leaders, Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library, and a team of university faculty.

The goal of this video competition is to create engaging and informative videos related to health! We are interested in the messaging of the videos for patients, their families, and the health care professionals who care for them. The competition is open to all full-time, matriculated University of Utah undergraduate and graduate students.

Video Specifics

Create an original 2-3 minute video on a health topic of their choice.The videos may be either live action or animation.The video must be filmed by the team and be all original content.Teams may use public domain and/or royalty free music; however, it must be cited and used appropriately as specified in the Terms & Conditions.Absolutely no copyrighted materials may be used in the videos. This includes music, images downloaded from the internet, stock video, etc. that is not explicitly royalty-free and available for redistribution.

A competition lead screen will be added to videos before posting them on YouTube. If you are proficient with editing, please add the lead screen to the beginning of your video for five seconds. If you do not include the lead screen, please include your project name and team member names in the submission.

Judging & Awards


Judging will take place online November 10-14. Videos will be made available during this time on YouTube.Videos will be judged on four criteria based on this rubric for a total of 50 points:

Messaging: impact, applicability, accuracy, content expertise, evidence-based, clarity, relevance   35 points

  1. Creativity: appeal, novelty, innovation, imaginative   10 pointsProduction

  2. quality: production value, cinematography, sound quality, editing   5 points

Total: 50 points

Bonus points: 5 points for multidisciplinary teams (e.g., are members represented from different departments and colleges)

The People’s Choice Award will be awarded to the video with the most YouTube “likes.” Teams are encouraged to share their videos with friends and family to solicit votes. (YouTube “dislikes” will have no effect on judging.)


Monetary awards will be given for:

1stPlace – $3000

2ndPlace – $1000

3rdPlace – $500

People’s Choice – $500

Best Foreign Language Video – $1000

Winners will be announced and awards distributed during the Capstone award event. At least one team member needs to be present at the Capstone event to receive the team award.

University of Utah matriculated students (any students enrolled in a degree-granting program) are eligible to participate. Students may elect to receive the award as either a scholarship or non-scholarship award. All awards will be reported to the University Scholarship Office and will count toward a student’s Cost of Attendance limitation. The University Scholarship Office will deposit scholarship awards in the recipients’ University accounts on January 6, 2016. Students with available credit who do not wish to apply the credit toward future tuition may request payment by check. Questions regarding eligibility and award payment should be directed to the Scholarship Office. Scholarship awards for domestic students are generally considered to be non-taxable income when used for tuition, books or supplies for classes. Domestic students should review IRS publication 970. Some foreign students may be subject to withholding taxes. Non-scholarship awards have fewer restrictions, but are more likely to be taxable. All award recipients are encouraged to contact University Tax Services for assistance- http://fbs.admin.utah.edu/tax-services/ (Links to an external site.).

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