Hope Means Nevada


Videos May Be Featured in Upcoming Rising Hope Virtual Festival Nov. 6

Hope Means Nevada (HMN), the community-based non-profit focused on eliminating youth suicide in the state, invites teens to submit videos of their personal stories addressing mental wellness for inclusion in the upcoming Rising Hope virtual festival on Saturday, Nov. 6 from 3 to 6 p.m. 

Participating teens should pre-record their videos via mobile phones or Zoom. Their videos should include messages of support and connection inspired by their real, authentic stories and experiences. Participants may dance, sing, rap or recite poetry and share it via the festival with other teens across the state viewing the Rising Hope virtual event. 

Teens should submit videos no later than 5 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 31 to mackenzie@hopemeansnevada.org. The Hope Means Nevada team is also available for video editing and any other questions.

The Rising Hope virtual festival is a free, annual live-streamed event to raise awareness of how mental wellness saves lives and help those struggling with mental illness find resources and community. The impact of COVID-19 means people of all ages, including teens, may be encountering higher levels of stress, anxiety and depression—and Nevada’s teen suicide rate is already among the highest in the nation.

This year’s theme is “Can Anyone See I’m Struggling? Teen Stories of Being Seen.” The festival will showcase a variety of entertaining and informative programming designed to engage teens, their parents, families, counselors and anyone else who wants to learn more about how to safeguard their own mental health and that of their friends and loved ones. Topics to be addressed include anxiety and depression, bullying, sexual orientation and peer pressure.