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Congrats to Our Winners!

1st Place

“How Teachers are Taking a Stand to Better Mental Health”
Summer Biggs and Izzy Barstow
Mishawaka High School

2nd Place

“How To Impact Someone’s Life Positively”
Drew Mason
Mishawaka High School

3rd Place

“Positively Impacting Mental Health”
Isaac Hayes
Mishawaka High School

First Runner Up

“When Eric Met Ginny”
Sami Mirza
John Adams High School

Second Runner Up

“Don’t Give Up”
Arik Bird
Mishawaka High School

What is the 2019 Student Video Contest?

The goal is to spread awareness about mental health within our community. High school and undergraduate college students aged 14-23 in Elkhart, St. Joseph and Marshall counties in Indiana are invited to create an original video discussing “How you can make a positive difference in someone’s mental health.”

How is the Winner Determined?

As entries are submitted, they will appear here and on the Beacon Community Impact YouTube channel. A panel of local judges will determine the winner. Check back often for more updates, or view the official rules for judging criteria.

Who are the Contest Judges?

Lindie Leary
Bowen Center (Bremen)

Lindie Leary, MS Ed, LMHC, obtained her bachelors in Psychology from Indiana University in 2003.  She then went on to pursue her Masters in Counseling and graduated in 2008.  She became a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in 2012 and has worked in the field of mental health for the last 17 years in both inpatient and outpatient facilities.  Lindie has been employed with the Bowen Center for 9 years, serving as Marshall County Assistant Director for over 4 years and the Marshall County Director for 3 years.

I also have 2 beautiful children. I enjoy being outside and gardening. Music is my coping skills and I sing and play guitar.

Robin Oare-Butler Curtis

Robin Oare-Butler Curtis is the Vice President of Butler Family Enterprises, a Family Office and Business Management Company located in Niles, Michigan.  She is one of the founding members of the company which formed in 2001.  Robin is also the Vice President of the Leighton-Oare Foundation of South Bend, Indiana and Founder & CEO of the J. Red Peach Foundation of Niles, Michigan.

Robin spent six years living in Northern Virginia and has recently returned to Niles where she has been a resident since 1976 when her family moved from Short Hills, New Jersey.

Robin’s greatest strengths are her creativity, leadership and organizational skills.  With education in business management, business administration & accounting, she excels in the implementation of new business startups- from the creation of a business plan to office function and layout to designing an accounting system.  Robin also enjoys event planning- both intimate events and large formal affairs.

Robin’s personal interests include her family, skiing, old cars, motor homing, boating, music, & laughter.

Daniel Petersen
Adams High School Student (South Bend)

My name is Daniel Petersen. I am currently a seventeen year old Senior at John Adams High School. Film has been a big part of my life for as long as I can remember. I have always been drawn to art and creative platforms. Last year, I took a film class at the International Baccalaureate level. During this time I have grown to appreciate film on a whole new level. My friends and I thoroughly enjoyed creating films. I plan to major in film at Indiana University in Bloomington. My goal is to eventually direct music videos and work with some of my favorite music artists.

Ben Thomas
Mosaic Health & Healing Arts (Elkhart)

A South Bend native, Ben Thomas is Director of Development at Mosaic Health and Healing Arts. He completed his MSW with a concentration in mental health and addictions. Each day, he is learning more about himself and the impact that kindness can have on transition.

“I am blown away by the richness of stories at Mosaic. People come with openness and vulnerability and I am right there laughing and crying with them. Mosaic is a small piece of a much larger, whole journey. I love that everyday, we give kindness, provide care, and create a space where EVERYONE is welcome.”

IUSB Active Minds Club

Indiana University of South Bend’s Active Minds Club is a student-led club based off of the Active Minds movement focusing on reducing stigma around mental health and promoting community engagement in relation to mental health awareness. The club does this by:

  • Providing a group/social atmosphere where everyone feels welcome and that creates a safe and comfortable environment for an open conversation about mental health issues on our campus.
  • Increasing student awareness of mental health issues to decrease mental health stigma.
  • Provide resources to get help regarding mental health and mental illness.
  • Provide information that is accurate and up-to-date.
  • Encourage students to seek help as soon as it is needed.
  • Have a developed relationship with the campus student counseling center.
  • Using various media to promote our organization.
  • Abiding by all Indiana University South Bend policies and procedures.

Contest begins on August 30, 2019, at 12:00 am EST and ends at 8:59:59 pm EST on November 27, 2019. One Entry per person allowed. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. PURCHASE DOES NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. Open to current high school and undergraduate college students living and attending school within Elkhart, Marshall, or St. Joseph counties in Indiana between the ages of 14 – 23 years old. Prizes consist of a $500 USD VISA Gift Card award for to the best video (Grand Prize), $300 USD VISA Gift Card for Second Place, and $200 USD VISA Gift Card for Third Place. Odds of winning depend on the number of entries received; winning Entries will be chosen according to judging criteria. Total ARV of all Prizes is $1000 USD. Winners are responsible for all taxes associated with the prize. Subject to full Official Rules at Sponsor: Beacon Health System, Inc.; Void where prohibited by law.