Films made by young people in Dorset have been nominated for national Charity Film Awards.

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The films are part of a project called #LifeUnfiltered, made by young people in Dorset to raise mental health awareness. #LifeUnfiltered was a 6-month collaboration between a group of 25 young people, supported by Healthwatch Dorset, Dorset Mental Health Forum, Dorset Mind, Dorset Healthcare NHS Trust, Poole Youth Forum and Bournemouth University. 

For me, working on this film was a way to not only get to know new people and gain confidence, but a way to make sure fewer people end up so mentally unwell that they end up in psychiatric hospitals. I want young people to be able to reach out and get the help they need before things in their lives deteriorate even more.
— Siobhan, who took part in the project

The young people were involved in every step of the project – from initial workshops, through to interviewing film companies, planning and shooting the film itself, editing and promotion. The films were launched on World Mental Health Day and have over 12,000 views on YouTube so far. 

The national Charity Film Awards were created to demonstrate that charitable videos can inspire, incite to action, excite and change behaviour. The films are judged in two phases, firstly by the public vote to determine a short list and secondly by a panel of expert judges who will vote independently to choose winners from the shortlist. The winners will be announced at a red carpet award ceremony in London.

The two #LifeUnfiltered films now need your votes to get onto the shortlist:

We’re so proud to have been involved in this project. The young people we worked with wanted to raise awareness of, and reduce the stigma of talking about, mental health. The short films they’ve produced are amazing and it would be wonderful to get them shortlisted for this national award. Please watch, share and vote for #LifeUnfiltered.
— Joyce Guest, Chair, Healthwatch Dorset