FCJ stu­dents’ video wins

Benalla Ensign - - Front Page -

More than 35 Year 8 stu­dents re­cently en­tered the an­nual Be­nalla Live4Life com­pe­ti­tion.

To en­ter, young peo­ple were re­quired to sub­mit a cre­ative project that in­creased un­der­stand­ing, re­duced stigma and im­proved men­tal health knowl­edge.

The theme for the 2018 Be­nalla Live4Life com­pe­ti­tion was ‘‘It Ain’t Weak to Speak’’, a theme se­lected by the Be­nalla Live4Life Crew, a group of vol­un­teer years 9 and 10 stu­dents who have driven the pro­gram through­out the year.

The win­ning en­try was a col­lab­o­ra­tion by Year 8 stu­dents from FCJ Col­lege.

They pro­duced a minidoc­u­men­tary fea­tur­ing them­selves, other stu­dents and older com­mu­nity mem­bers that re­in­forced the im­por­tance of men­tal health help-seek­ing.

Run­ners up and highly com­mended par­tic­i­pants were also awarded for en­tries that in­cluded a photo booth, an in­ter­ac­tive art project and a poster.

Act­ing Mayor Peter Davis said the cal­i­bre of en­tries showed the so­phisti- cation of how stu­dents were con­sid­er­ing men­tal health.

‘‘The Be­nalla Live4Life com­pe­ti­tion en­tries in­di­cate a high level of un­der­stand­ing about men­tal health is­sues that af­fect young peo­ple to­day,’’ Cr Davis said.

‘‘The Live4Life Crew se­lected the win­ning en­tries based on cre­ative in­no­va­tion, qual­ity of work, clar­ity of mes­sage and ad­her­ence to theme.

‘‘The com­pe­ti­tion en­cour­ages the devel­op­ment of the skills and knowl­edge that help young peo­ple recog­nise the state of their own men­tal health and that of those around them.

‘‘The com­pe­ti­tion demon­strated that stu­dents can pro­mote the men­tal health mes­sages that are most valid and im­por­tant to them.’’

The win­ners ac­cepted their awards at the Live4Life cel­e­bra­tion at the Drill Hall Com­mu­nity Ac­tiv­ity Cen­tre on Oc­to­ber 17.

Win­ning en­tries can be viewed on Be­nalla Youth’s In­sta­gram page (@Be­nal­laYouth) and on the Be­nalla Youth Face­book page (@Be­nal­laYouth).

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