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The Mental Health Awareness Committee of Ocean County &

Present the

ESSAY/POETRY CONTEST

Submissions Due November 15, 2011 11:59 am Send to: [email protected]

2011-2012

The Mental Health Awareness Committee of Ocean County would like to mocial acceptance and to decrease tivate a societal change towards so- Themes: negative attitudes around mental illness. Through this essay and poetry contest, it is our hope to encourage, educate, and inspire youth and young adults to step up and support friends they know are experiencing a mental health problem. The contest is open to any youth or young adult age 14 to 25, residing or attending school in Ocean County, NJ.

Why is mental health important to everyone? How do/can I help others that may be struggling with a mental health issue? What can my family, school or community do to empower people with a mental illness? How has someone with a mental illness touched my life?

For more information about the contest check out: www.stigmahurts.org

The Mental Health Awareness Committee of Ocean County

ESSAY/POETRY CONTEST GENERAL RULES AND REGULATIONS

1. The contest is open to any youth or young adult age 14 to 25, residing or attending school in Ocean County, NJ. 2. Theme: Please answer one or more of the following questions in your essay/poem: Why is mental health important to everyone? How do/can I help others that may be struggling with a mental health issue? What can my family, school or community do to empower people with a mental illness? How has someone with a mental illness touched my life? 3. Only one submission per person will be accepted. 4. The essay/poem must be submitted in the body of an email or as a Microsoft Word attachment to an email, by November 15, 2011, 11:59pm to [email protected] 5. The essay/poem will be judged in two categories: Youth/ High School Students and Young Adults/ College Students. 6. Please include your name, age, the contest category you are entering, the name of your school and grade (if applicable), your address, phone number, and email address in the upper left of the first page. 7. Anonymous entries may be submitted and will be considered for publication on the StigmaHurts website, but will not be entered into the contest or awarded a prize. 8. Essay length must be between 500 and 1500 words. Poems should not exceed 1500 words. 9. If you use quotes, please use MLA or APA format and supply a Works Cited/ Reference list. 10. By virtue of submission, the author gives permission to the Mental Health Awareness Committee to publish the work on the StigmaHurts website or to use it in other promotional material. Final ists under the age of 18 will be required to seek parental consent. No submission will ever be used for profit or commercial purposes. 11. The entries will be judged by a panel of Mental Health Awareness Committee members and volun teers, and all decisions are final. Entries will be judged on the following criteria: Content, applica tion and interpretation of the theme, and consistency with the Committee's views and goals (see StigmaHurts.com for more information about mental health awareness and stigma). Finalists in each category will be invited to present their essay/poem at an informal reading in early 2012. The author may designate another person to present their work. From that reading, a winner in each category will be chosen to present their essay/poem at the "Celebrating Wellness" Mental Health Awareness Month event, the evening of May 2, 2012. For more information please contact: Christina Gaetano at 7323491977 ext. 113 or via email at [email protected]

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