May is Mental Health Month 2020!


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#WhatYouCanDo  Video Contest
Create a 1-Minute video that promotes Compassionate Communities!

The New Jersey Psychological Association, along with its local affiliate organizations, are sponsoring a social media campaign for our 2020 Mental Health Awareness Campaign.  This year, the campaign will include recognition of April: Minority Health Month; May: Mental Health Month; June: LGBTQ Pride Month; July: Minority Mental Health Month.  Our theme is Compassionate Communities:  #whatyoucando

A compassionate city is an uncomfortable city! A city that is uncomfortable when anyone is homeless or hungry. Uncomfortable if every child isn’t loved and given rich opportunities to grow and thrive. Uncomfortable when, as a community, we don’t treat our neighbor as we would wish to be treated.” ~ Karen Armstrong, Founder of the Global Movement, The Charter for Compassion

We are looking for New Jersey community members to submit a video no longer than 1 minute that expresses your idea of a compassionate community. What makes a compassionate community? How do you contribute to creating a more compassionate community and world? Where is compassion needed in your community? Where does compassion exist in your community? What is your idea of a compassionate community? How do compassionate communities improve the lives of others?

New Jersey has vibrant and diverse communities and each community has the power to change attitudes and end discrimination. Our goal is to use your message to create awareness and show the importance of compassion and how it affects marginalized populations.

Registration Details

Complete the following steps to submit an approved video:


  1. Compose your video and incorporate the hashtag #whatyoucando. Videos will be accepted now through March 15th. In your video’s title, please include MCAP (Middlesex County Psychological Association).
  2. Fill out the Personal Release and Registration Form
  3. Email your video and completed form(s) to [email protected] and write ATTN R. DiSimone-Weiss MCAP in the subject line.
  4. Videos will be reviewed for conformity to our guidelines and theme. Videos that meet the criteria will be uploaded to our YouTube channel on March 15th. We will also share video submissions on our social media pages: Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and LinkedIn, throughout the voting period.
  5. Voting will take place from March 15th through April 15th on our YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Instagram pages. Follow our pages and share with your social media followers! The video with the most views will be our winner
       Twitter: @njpsychassn
       Facebook: /newjerseypsychologicalassociation
       Instagram: @njpsychassn
  6. Winners will be notified on Friday, April 17th.
  7. Videos will be screened at the Social Media Awards Ceremony during our luncheon at our Spring Conference, Saturday, May 1, 2020 at the Pines Manor, Edison, NJ.


The top three videos will be selected based on total number of views and will be awarded the following prizes:

First Place
Second Place
Third Place $100.00