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Campaign to Change Direction video contest promotes mental health

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) –  May is Mental Health Awareness Month. It’s meant to be a time to break the stigma on mental health disorders and encourage open conversations about mental health.

A group of local high school students are doing just that through a video contest. Members of the Logan High School Holistic Health class took part in the competition.

“It’s a really good opportunity for them to work together in groups,” said Holistic Health teacher Kelly Jo Kline.

“It’s such an un-talked about topic nobody wants to open up and talk about it, it should be brought up more in our community too,” said 12th grader Hart Larson.

A group of students in the Holistic Health class at Logan are doing just that, creating a 30 second video spot for The Campaign to Change Direction Video Contest. The Campaign is a national organization that first got its footing in La Crosse a few years ago.

It encourages everyone to pay attention to their emotional well-being, focusing on what they consider 5 healthy habits: take care, check in, engage, relax, know.

In the video the students share different ways they take care of themselves. Opening up was hard and so was putting the video together. 10th grader Anika Nystrom said, “it was difficult because I wanted it to be perfect. I spent a lot of time on it even though it was 30 seconds but it was fun.”

Their hard work paid off. The group won 1st place at the 2nd annual Campaign to Change Direction Video Contest and they took home something else.

“I learned that everyone is going through something and it’s important to take the time out of your day to recognize the things you need to do for yourself and others,” added Anika.

If you’d like to get involved with The Campaign to Change Direction you can visit their website.

Brittany Lake

Daybreak Anchor

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