Mental wellness is a top public health priority for our communities, and to help address the issue, Allina Health has a free online resource for teens called Change to Chill™.
This month, Change to Chill is launching the Chiller Challenge—a contest that invites teens to create Chillers for the website.
"This is a photo and video contest with a cause," says Lisa Herman, Psy.D., L.P., a psychologist at Allina Health. "We wanted to find a creative way to introduce to teens all the great resources available on Change to Chill. We're looking forward to seeing their ideas and helping them stress less."
Teens are under pressure and reporting stress levels and symptoms comparable to adults. Thirty-four percent of teens predict their stress will increase in the next year, according to the American Psychological Association.
Chillers are visuals that help people slow down and step back from stress. They can be original photos that teens take, artwork they make with text or videos up to 30 seconds in length.
Monthly winners will receive a $20 e-gift card and grand prize winners will receive a Change to Chill prize pack, including a gift card, and his or her Chiller will be featured on changetochill.org.
More information, Chiller examples and how to submit entries can be found at changetochill.org/chillerchallenge.