The annual Prevent Suicide PA PSA contest is in its 7th year, and Prevent Suicide PA is hoping to receive more entries than ever before. This is a great opportunity to engage students in a dialogue around suicide prevention, the importance of positive messaging, and communicating effectively. Staff who have participated in the past have seen this as a way to teach students on many levels -- academically, socially, and emotionally -- and students have been empowered to use their voices to reach out to their peers.
This year’s contest will be announced during National Suicide Prevention Week, starting Monday, September 10, 2018 and all submissions are due by Friday, November 16, 2018. Schools may submit one entry in each or any of the following categories: 30 second video, 60 second video, 15 or 30 second audio, and poster. Full contest information including the Rules for Submission, which contains valid resources for messaging, can be found by visiting psa.preventsuicidepa.org/2019psa.
The PSAs themselves need to be created by a student or group of students. However, Prevent Suicide PA requires there to be a school staff mentor, which can be anyone from the school who is willing to guide the student in this process. A number of teachers have used the contest as part of their curriculum across the academic spectrum, whether in English, Tech Ed, Health, etc.
Prevent Suicide PA recognizes that students put a lot of themselves in these PSAs and each entry is valued. All entries that are selected as finalists remain on the psa.preventsuicidepa.org website for public use and have been shown during morning school announcements, displayed at various events, printed and distributed to schools and organizations, and developed into promo materials. All of the winners are honored and receive a certificate of recognition. PSA winners are invited to attend one of the Suicide Prevention at the Ballpark events in PA, as well as given the opportunity to participate in Capitol Day at the Capitol Building in Harrisburg. Photos from previous events may be viewed at www.preventsuicidepa.org/glsawareness.
Please visit the PSA site for full information about the contest. Any questions can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.