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Healing Out Loud: A Mental Health Film Contest

Let's Talk About Mental Health

Join us for another year of Healing Out Loud, a short film contest dedicated to normalizing mental health and encouraging all of us to hold more open and inclusive conversations.

Mental health shouldn’t be a crisis in hiding. One in five Americans - over 65 million people - cope with mental health issues, and suicide is the leading cause of death in Utah for people age 10-34. But the stigma around mental health is as strong as ever.

Mental health is one of the most ignored, downplayed and misunderstood challenges in America today. But you can help change that by sharing your story.

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How to Enter

If you are age 15-30 and live in Utah, we want to hear from you. Share your vision of “Healing Out Loud” in a short video. It can be anything: original music, dance, spoken word, art, poetry, or speech. The only requirement is to be creative and be yourself.

Entering is simple:

  • Upload a video into one of two categories:
    • A short, 30-second or less video
    • A little longer video, up to 5 minutes
  • Complete all required entry forms
  • Contest Rules Include:
    • Avoid showing and promoting brands and organizations
    • "Safe Messaging" guidelines have been followed with sensitive and/or triggering content
    • Music meets all sync rights and copyright standards
    • Consent has been given by anyone in the film outside of the contestant (this includes parents of minors)
      • A form will need to be signed once your video is submitted
    • Review full contest rules 

Then, if you’re comfortable sharing, post your video to social media, use the hashtag #HealingOutLoud and tag @uofuhmhi. We also encourage you to invite your family, friends, and networks to participate.

Entries must be received by 11:59 pm on Friday, April 7, 2023.
Winners will be announced in early May 2023.

Contest Prizes

What’s a contest without some great prizes? Winners will have a chance to win:

  • Apple products
  • Adobe software
  • Sports tickets & gear
  • Movie tickets
  • Contest swag 
  • And more!

Winning videos will also be featured during a May 2023 event and integrated into the statewide suicide prevention awareness marketing campaign.

Mental health is for everyone. The need for care, love and support is universal. Everyone needs it. It's time for us to lift our voices, share our stories and begin #HealingOutLoud.



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2022 Contest Winners

Grand Prize Winner

Joshua Davis  |  Utah State University

Runners Up


Justin Hunt
Southwest Technical College


Lauryn Batista
Southern Utah University

Dustin Winter
Utah Valley University

Joshua Davis
Utah State University

Maya Hardie
Utah Valley University

Hannah Nielson
Mountainland Technical College

Justin Hunt
Southwest Technical College

Kelsey Hart
University of Utah

Joshua Rasmussen
Utah Valley University

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