The Mental Health Foundation is holding a competition for secondary school students to create a video that encourages young people to stop and think when they hear or use words like ‘nutjob’, ‘retard’, ‘schizo’, or ‘mental’. The idea is to reflect on language that is stigmatising or discriminatory, inspiring people to change their behaviour.


Words can hurt. We know this, but what can we do about it? The Mental Health Foundation believes that young people have the power to influence their peers, and change their behaviour and word choices for the better.

The video competition is open to all secondary school students, and entries must be submitted by June 20, 2014.

Entries can even be the product of a formative exercise for media production standards 2.6 and 3.6, for which the Foundation will provide a teaching unit plan. Competition judges and prizes will be confirmed soon – for now, start brainstorming some ideas!

For more information or to register your interest, email 
[email protected]