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Video contest winners to be announced Wednesday

The winners of the suicide prevention video contest will be announced Wednesday night in the Union Theater at 6 p.m.

Four teams of University students made three videos with different themes addressing the problem of suicide. The first addressed the general student population, the second was directed towards LGBT students and the last was for veterans.

Patricia Helyer works at the counseling center in the University and co-facilitated the contest along with Darien Mitchell.

“We left the decisions open to them,” Helyer said. “All we did was give them links to safe messaging guides. The rest was up to them.”

Each video had to be between one to three minutes. In that time, a certain message had to come across to the people viewing the videos.

“We want to save the lives of people who will watch the videos,” Helyer said. “They should want to get help after viewing the messages.”

Along with helping save lives of people who will watch the videos, the winning team will receive a $4,000 scholarship. The Falcon Parent Family Association provided the money that will go to the winning team.

Faith Yingling, Wellness Connection Director, was the one who went to the FPFA for funding.

“We want to create a culture of caring,” Yingling said. “Suicide is a problem that the whole should face together, not individuals.”

The four teams of students that entered the contest to help their community have to go through several judges to determine the winner.

This includes an online poll and judging panels.

Those panels include three community members from the Mayor’s office, municipal court and Wood County Education Service. Six other judges came from staff and student members of the University.

Each team will show one of its films before the winners are announced. The winners will then show the rest of their videos.

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