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Students create powerful videos about suicide prevention: ‘It could save a life’
By: Scott Stump, Today.com
Ben Finnie never wants another family to feel the pain that his endured last summer when his older cousin committed suicide.
Kaleigh Finnie, 19, a bubbly college student from the Woodlands, Texas, took her life on June 15, 2015, leaving her family to wonder what they could have done to prevent the tragedy.
“I think if she had have reached out, her parents and her friends and family would’ve done everything they could for her,” Ben Finnie told TODAY. “Talking to them in the aftermath, they were so broken up. They feel like it’s their fault, when it’s not. They would’ve done anything to help her.”
Finnie, 16, is now helping to spread the word about suicide prevention and erase the stigma of mental health issues by working with the Directing Change program in California. The student at Murrieta Valley High School is one of more than 2,000 California high school and college students who have created 60-second public service announcement videos about suicide and mental health to raise awareness around the state.
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Squashing a stigma: Clovis East students place second in suicide prevention film contest
This is the message four Clovis East students set out to illustrate in a 60-second public service announcement on suicide prevention.
Their video won second place — and a $500 prize — in a statewide filmmaking contest called Directing Change, which aims to fight stigma around mental health challenges and prevent suicide.
Maegan Ankenman, a senior, junior Adryauna Speer, sophomore Caitlin Luster and freshman Malia Willison were in a peer counseling class this semester with advisor Derrick Davis.
“As peer counselors we’re a group of kids that go around counseling other kids that need it,” Adryauna said. “We talk about things that nobody else talks about. Situations come up that fall into that category (depression and suicide prevention) and we have to learn to deal with it.”
Davis learned about the film contest via a forwarded email from Gateway/Enterprise counselor Denise Sandifer.
“I thought this is perfect for our kids,” Davis said. “As peer counselors this is what we deal with on a daily basis.”
There was just one setback.
“As a peer counseling and health teacher, I have no video equipment,” Davis said.
He contacted Directing Change and through it, Brian Bishop of the Fresno County Behavioral Health Department came to the rescue.
Youth Film Contest Seeks To Reduce Stigma Of Mental Illness
Alfonso Ribeiro won the 40th and final Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race, a fan favorite event at the Grand Prix of Long Beach.
Ribeiro was also the celebrity winner in 1994 and 1995, and the Pro winner in 2015. The host of “America’s Funniest Home Videos” also won “Dancing with the Stars” in 2014.
“I owe an awful lot to the city of Long Beach, they’ve been so supportive, and to Toyota, 40 years putting on this fantastic Pro/Celebrity Race and promoting Long Beach the way they have,” Ribeiro said.
Max Papis won the Pro category by finishing 4.872 seconds behind Ribeiro.
“It is just an amazing event and who won was the kids this event supports,” said Papis. “This is the best street course in America, maybe the world.”
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