Division of Student Affairs

Suicide Prevention Video Competition Winners

During October and November of 2012, four student teams competed in a Suicide Prevention Video Competition sponsored by the BGSU Counseling Center. This competition was intended to increase the awareness of both the importance of suicide prevention as well as the resources available on BGSU’s campus and within the surrounding community. Ideally, this contest may also aid in reducing the long-standing stigma of seeking help.

The contest was open to currently enrolled BGSU students, with the requirement that teams include at least two students and no more than four students. The overarching task of the contest was for these teams to create three separate videos addressing three different student groups including the general student population, the veteran student population, and the LGBT student population. The teams were required to work with a designated coach in creating their videos and ultimately had to meet with three separate advisors for approval of their videos prior to submission. At various levels, videos were examined for appropriateness including safe messaging guidelines for suicide and also sensitivity to the designated student populations. The winning team was determined by a combination of rankings from eight designated judges and an online vote by the campus community.

The four teams created a total of twelve prevention videos, and eighteen BGSU faculty or staff members and eight community members served as coaches, advisors, or judges. Also, there were an estimated 3,000 visits to the online voting page. The voting process revealed Courtney Hutton, Marisa Vallejo, and Richard Sanders as the winners. This creative team was awarded a $4,000 dollar scholarship to be distributed evenly among the winning members. Team 2’s winning video intended for the general student population is included below, and all of the videos can be found here.

Suicide Prvention Video Contenst - Team2