World Mental Health Day is approaching. Observed on October 10th every year the day is meant to raise awareness of mental health issues around the world and mobilize efforts in support of mental health. This is an opportunity for all of us to talk about mental health issues through a public platform, and what more needs to be done to provide access to mental health care for people worldwide.
Globally, more than 300 million people suffer from depression. Depression and anxiety disorders are common mental disorders that have an impact on our ability to lead our lives and interact with others. In addition to these staggering numbers, more than 260 million are living with anxiety disorders. Many people live with both.
Mental health is a serious issue for everyone. So this October 10th, we’re running content designed to give you the information you need to have a healthy understanding of the issues facing mental health and mental health care in America.
Because mental health is a deeply personal issue, Outspeak wants to hear from you. We want to know what improvements you’d like to see in mental health care, success stories, personal stories of struggle, the benefits of mental health care, and everything in between.
If you currently have a video, or are interested in creating one related to World Mental Health Day, send it to us via Facebook or Twitter using the hashtag #WMHDay. Or email your submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your video has the opportunity to be featured on HuffPost’s massive social media pages, on Outspeak’s social media, and you have the chance to be featured in an article on HuffPost.com. For an example of how these features look, check out our recent #YourVoteYourVoice election campaign.
Please keep the following in mind for your videos:
- Make sure you’re shooting in a well-lit, non-distracted environment.
- Keep the shots well-composed and in focus.
- Keep the video short. 1-2 minutes preferred.
- Keep the video focused on one theme. People will listen if you can speak focused and passionately.
- Take a unique approach. How is this personal to you? Why is this issue in particular something you’re passionate about?
- Do not use offensive or derogatory language. If used maliciously or recklessly, your video will not be considered for circulation.
If you have any questions, please contact us at email@example.com or give us a shout on Twitter.