It is with great excitement that we announce that our very own Health RC Youth Leaders received the 1st place award in the state and county for the video competition in the Directing Change Program!!
It was with the help of Rancho Cucamonga local video producer Michael Serrano and HD Production Inc, who helped produce this project. The team helped make the production great.
The film, written and directed by the Healthy RC Youth Leaders, is called La Ropa Sucia – or “Dirty Laundry” and discusses the cultural stigma of mental health.
The message of the Healthy RC Youth Leaders is that “It’s OK to Air Your Dirty Laundry” and shed light to mental health awareness for the entire community. These empowered middle and high school volunteers scripted, filmed, and created a brief public service announcement for the statewide Directing Change Film Competition.
The 60-second video is inspired by the cultural barriers and mental health stigma associated with the term “don’t air your dirty laundry” which translates in Spanish to “La ropa sucia se lava en casa”.
They filmed the bilingual video at Alta Loma High School and will find out in the next few months if they will be recognized for a county or statewide award for the category of Through the Lens of Culture.
The message of the film aims to inspire teens to make a difference and openly share about mental health issues with a friend or by calling the suicide hotline 1-800-273-8255. This video is part of Healthy RC’s broader campaign Your Mind Matters and strategy to promote breaking mental health stigma and bringing accessible, culturally appropriate mental health resources to the community.