Make Your Own Video!
Are you interested in making a video for Project UROK? Awesome. Project UROK is a global conversation about teen mental health, and your voice is huge part of that! Just make sure to carefully follow the instructions below.
****MAKE SURE TO READ “WHAT TO DO ONCE IT’S DONE” – PLEASE DO NOT PUBLICLY POST YOUR VIDEO ON A PERSONAL YOUTUBE CHANNEL****
HOW TO MAKE A VIDEO
What you’ll need:
No, seriously, that’s all you need!
Try to keep your video under 3 minutes, and try to include the following:
-Your name/occupation (If you are under 18, FIRST NAME ONLY– and please avoid any personal identifiers, i.e., the name of your high school or your home address)
-Your relationship to mental illness/mental health
-Advice you would like to give to other people who are dealing with/have dealt with the same things you have
-The words “You Are Okay”!
Don’t worry if your story is about an ongoing challenge, or if it doesn’t have a neat and tidy ending. If you are comfortable talking about it, you never know who might benefit from hearing your story.
And remember, we’re interested in you telling your story, your way, so feel free to get creative! Would you rather express yourself in song? In poetry? In animation? In a monologue from Game of Thrones? Go for it!
WHAT TO DO ONCE IT’S DONE (READ CAREFULLY)
****PLEASE DO NOT PUBLICLY POST YOUR VIDEO ON A PERSONAL YOUTUBE CHANNEL****
Once your video is done, please do one of two things (THIS IS IMPORTANT!!!)
Upload the video to YouTube as “unlisted” and then send the link to email@example.com
We ask you to do all this for your own safety. We want the comments section on all Project UROK videos to be as safe and supportive as possible, and we can’t make sure that is the case unless it is posted to the channel we monitor. And anyway, unless you send us the video directly, we won’t be able to see it/share it/find out how awesome you are!
After you send us a video, we will download and repost your video to the Project UROK YouTube channel– and from there, we will share it on our social media and website! This may take a few days, and we’re sorry for any delays! After we post it, we encourage you to share it as much as you’d like!
WE WILL NOT ACCEPT AND/OR WE WILL REPORT THE FOLLOWING*
-Encouragement of self-harm or suicide. IF YOU OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW IS IN IMMEDIATE DANGER OF SELF-HARMING OR COMMITTING SUICIDE, PLEASE DIAL 911, OR THE SUICIDE PREVENTION LIFELINE: 1-800-273-8255
-Any videos that are not original content (i.e., we won’t repost that awesome new Janelle Monae video, no matter how much we love it)
-Any videos that do not fit the Project UROK mission or message– we love the sketch you made for Spanish class, but it probably doesn’t belong on the Project UROK homepage.
That said, if you have any funny/positive/cute videos that have helped you get through a bad day, feel free to send those our way! We might just blog about them: firstname.lastname@example.org
WHAT IF I’M NOT COMFORTABLE BEING ON CAMERA?
If you don’t feel comfortable being on camera/don’t have a camera/prefer writing, why not consider writing a guest blog for us? Email us at email@example.com for details.
Want to get involved in a way that doesn’t involve telling a personal story? Check out our FAQs for other ways to get involved!
****WE CANNOT BE HELD RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY COMMENTS YOU RECEIVE THAT WE HAVEN’T HAD THE CHANCE TO MONITOR. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE DO NOT POST THE VIDEO PUBLICLY ON A PERSONAL CHANNEL****
*We reserve the right to reject videos without disclosing our reasoning (but we will really try not to).