AWI Short Film Competition

Mental Health Does Not Define Me!

This is a biopic of a student attending California State University San Marcos, Olivia DePaul who lives with mental health issues like stress and anxiety. This only a small part of her story, as she shares the importance of reaching out for help.


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Director: Robert Morelia

"Mental Health Does Not Define Me!" was created by six classmates (Roberto Morelia, Megan Escobar, Helena Gulbrandsen, Luis Alfredo Castañeda Saavedra, Casey Staples, and Cameron Johnson) who shared the same communications major at California State University San Marcos. Originally beginning as a simple group assignment for a class we shared, our project was brought to the next level after solidifying a partnership with the H.O.P.E. and Wellness Center on our campus. After meeting with the staff and with a partnered organization, Active Minds, we realized just how impactful this project could truly become. From then on, this project became much more than just an assignment; we knew that we wanted to raise awareness and reduce stigma for mental challenges - especially among students.

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