It’s easy to see how physical injuries take their toll. But your mental health is just as important — and mental injuries can be much harder to see. What can affect your mental health at work and what do you need to stay resilient?

The theme of this year’s contest – My mental health matters – challenges you to create a video (maximum two minutes) that explores the importance of mental health in maintaining a safe and healthy workplace.

You can enter the contest if you’re a BC student in grades 8 to 12 with a teacher or youth organization sponsor. There’s one category for students in grades 8 to 10 and one for students in grades 11 and 12. (Visit https://tinyurl.com/y7wam3ap for all the details.)

Think about what you need to support your mental health in the workplace. What are your strategies for staying well? How can your employer support you if you’re struggling at work?

When making your two-minute video, think of a creative way to get your message across. All styles of video are fair game: drama, comedy, documentary, music video, stop-motion, animation, or mashups — the choice is yours! (Note: only live-action productions will be considered for the bonus prize of the Actsafe Aspiring Filmmaker Award. For more details on this prize visit actsafe.ca).

There’s $10,000 in prize money to be awarded to the winning student(s) and their schools or youth organizations. Entries will be judged on the impact of their safety message, original creative concept, and technical execution. The top entry will receive additional prize money from the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) and be entered into the national Focus on Safety Youth Video Contest.

How to submit your video

Post your video on YouTube, then have your teacher or youth organization sponsor fill out the entry form and include the link to your video. We’ll review your video and if it meets our criteria (no inappropriate language or images and no copyrighted music, please), we’ll post your entry on our website. After submitting your YouTube link, you can also post your video on Instagram. Don’t forget to follow @WorkSafeBC and use the hashtag #SVCWorkSafeBC.

You can participate by viewing and rating your favourite videos. Check worksafebc.com regularly to see new videos as they are posted — and remember to get your family and friends to rate their favourites too!

Deadline for entries is Tuesday, March 29, 2022 at 5:00 p.m. But remember, the sooner you post your video, the more time people will have to view and rate it.

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