Contest Details

We hope you’ll consider entering the DBSA 2011 Facing Us Video Contest.
The focus of this year’s contest will be on individuals’ journeys towards recovery. Our hope is to provide inspiration to individuals living with depression or bipolar disorder—to acknowledge that, though there may be dark times, there is also hope, and they are not alone.

By sharing your story, you can provide your peers much appreciated encouragement to keep working towards wellness. One visitor to the Facing Us Clubhouse shared that, while in the depths of depression one dark night, he found comfort and hope in the personal story video of one of his peers—and that it saved his life! Perhaps your story will be a lifeline for someone as well.

Submission Dates

Video submissions will be accepted from May 21, 2011 - September 5, 2011.

Judging Criteria

Judging will be based on the impact of submissions rather than the quality of filming. So, get out your personal video camera, and have some fun!


Cash prizes will be awarded for each of the contest categories, Facing Depression and Facing Bipolar Disorder.

1st Place $500
2nd Place $300
3rd Place $200

Winners Notified

Winners will be notified by phone or e-mail on/before Monday, September 12, 2011. (Please make sure that all contact information is entered correctly on your submission form to ensure that notification is possible and timely.)

Winners Announced

Winners will be announced, and their submissions will be posted, on,, and/or DBSA’s YouTube page, on  Monday, October 10, 2011, or earlier.

Before Entering

Please make sure you carefully read the contest Submission Guidelines and Ownership and Rights of Use before submitting your video. Please note that, by submitting, you are indicating that you have read, and consent, to all conditions outlined in both Submission Guidelines and Ownership and Rights of Use.

Submission Guidelines

Entrants must have the experience of living with a mood disorder and be 18 years or older.

Entrants must be willing to publicly self-identify (videos will be posted to website[s]) as a person living with a mood disorder.

Submissions will be judged on how engaging the clip is, NOT on film production quality. Entrants are encouraged to submit videos created with handheld video cameras.

Videos should focus on the entrant’s personal recovery journey as it pertains to depression or bipolar disorder. The video might also express the importance of the role the family (however personally defined) plays in the entrants recovery journey.

Clips must be NO LONGER than nine (9) minutes in length.

Entries can be submitted online (preferred) or sent on CD/DVD to DBSA.

Submit entry form now and mail CD/DVD to:
Attn: Facing Us Video Contest
730 N. Franklin Street, Suite 501
Chicago, IL 60654

All submissions must be received on/before September 5, 2011.

Ownership and Use of Rights

We encourage individuals to tell their story in the manner they are most comfortable with and in a way that best expresses their personality and interests. The tone can be serious or tastefully humorous. Creativity is encouraged, so feel free to express yourself.

DBSA will obtain full and exclusive ownership of all (not just winning) submissions. Clips may be used in any variety of ways including, but not limited to placement on DBSA websites, YouTube, Facebook, and in educational videos.

Entrants grant DBSA the right to use limited biographical information in promotional materials (Cindy S., Chicago, IL, would be an example using minimal information.) But we encourage all entrants, who are comfortable and able, to grant permission to use their full name, as it would increase audience impact. Full identification will also be important should we receive any requests from the media. Please note that, "full." as opposed to "limited," permission will NOT be a factor in judging.

No entries will be returned.

Winners will be notified by phone and e-mail on/before September 12, 2011.

DBSA will post select entries on their website(s), including, but not limited to, All entries posted on any DBSA website will receive name credit. Please note, however, that submission does not guarantee posting or use by DBSA.

If you are experiencing difficulty with your submission, please contact