Exploring New Ways to Talk about Stress: The Navy Suicide PSA Video Contest

Our upbringing, culture, age and personal experiences all affect how we interpret the messages that we see and hear every day. Because of that, if we want to be understood, we need to find alternative ways of expressing our ideas. Understanding Operational Stress (OSC), and finding new ways to talk about it, is important if we’re to change how we think and act when it comes to issues of psychological fitness. Expressing how we feel and listening to each other are important parts of expanding our understanding of stress, stress illnesses and each other’s perspective. The Navy’s OSC program supports the effort to expand that discussion by promoting the Navy’s Suicide Prevention Public Service Announcement Video Contest (SPPSAC).

Following the success of the 2009 Poster Contest, the new PSA video contest engages Sailors in a fresh and contemporary way. The SPPSAC is designed to encourage participation from Sailors across the Navy, with an emphasis on promoting Suicide Prevention as an All Hands Evolution. These peer-to-peer messages will promote awareness of suicide warning signs and bystander intervention among viewers, while advocating help-seeking behavior from a Sailor’s point-of-view. Each entry must convey a clear suicide awareness or prevention message utilizing one of this year’s core program themes: “It’s Okay to Speak up When You’re Down” or “Life is Worth Living.” While creatively emphasizing one or both of these messages, an element of “ACT (Ask Care Treat)” must be referenced.

The contest is currently open, with a submission deadline of 24 August. The winning PSA will be announced on 28 September, culminating Suicide Prevention Awareness month, and will subsequently be broadcast on Direct-to-Sailor Television and provided to the American Forces Network and Pentagon channel. In addition, winners’ names will be posted on the Suicide Prevention website with entries linked to navynavstress.com.

We need to hear from you! This is your chance to share your thoughts about how to prevent suicide among fellow Sailors with your shipmates and leadership. You don’t have to be a professional videographer to participate! All you need is access to any recording device—even a Smartphone! Video submissions can be a maximum of 50 seconds in length. What will yours say?

For more information on the SPPSAC click here for the Navy NewsStand release. Visit the Navy Suicide Prevention website (or click here) for official contest rules, standard operating procedure and entry forms. Please read all details before filming!

Direct questions to Caroline Miles at (901) 874-6922 or email suicideprevention@navy.mil with SPPSAC in the subject line.

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