Counseling Services

Anti-Stigma Project

Calling all University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo students, faculty, and staff!

Did you know that students feel too embarrassed to seek help for their mental health concerns? They are often challenged by the stigmatizing attitudes that result from misconceptions about mental illnesses. Students fear being judged by friends, fellow classmates, and even their professors. They also worry that they will be seen as being irresponsible, incapable, or that their mental health concern is not a serious matter.

Help to stop the stigma on our campus by contributing to our anti-stigma project! We want to remind every student on campus that they are never alone, that reaching out shows strength and courage, and that absolutely everyone is worth it! Let’s spread the word that everyone’s mental health matters and that we are a campus that cares!

Basic Information

  • All UH Hilo students, faculty, and staff may submit 1 entry
  • Submission platform opens Saturday, October 3, 2020; 8:00 AM
  • Submission platform form closes Saturday, November 14, 2020; 5:00 PM
  • Each participant must submit consent for use of the entry piece
  • Entry can be drawings, photos, digital files, and paintings.
  • Consent and entry will be submitted online via Anti-Stigma Project Submission Form

Get Creative

We encourage participants to get creative! Consider the following:

  • Take a group photo with fellow UH Hilo students, faculty or staff!
  • Hold up signs declaring your stance against mental health stigma or in support of help-seeking attitudes.
  • Show your ethnic pride by declaring your stance against mental health stigma or in support of help-seeking attitudes in your own language (please submit translation)
  • Submit a creative piece of art designed by you- drawings, paintings, etc.
  • Entry pieces will be featured in a anti-stigma slideshow video which will be electronically displayed on our webpage and other platforms.
  • Entry pieces may be used in future sponsor-authorized awareness projects on campus including but not limited to printed materials for distribution or posting around campus.


Project Sponsor
The Anti-Stigma project is sponsored by the University of Hawaiʻi (“UH Hilo”) Na Kiaʻi O Ke Ola Suicide Prevention Program (“Sponsor) and by grant number SM080408 from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

All University of Hawaii at Hilo students, faculty, and staff are eligible to submit. Current students are defined as those registered for Fall 2020 courses.

If a participant is under the age of eighteen (18), the parent or legal guardian must sign a separate consent form and submit consent to Parental Consent Form

The sponsor reserves the right to verify the eligibility of each participant.

By participating in the project, each individual agrees to abide by these eligibility requirements.

Project Submission Period
Entries will be accepted beginning on Saturday, October 3, 2020 at 8:00 AM HST and will close on Saturday, November 14, 2020 at 5:00 PM HST.

How to Enter
Entries will be submitted online via Anti-Stigma Project Submission Form

One entry per person. Individuals can appear in multiple pictures however each person can only submit one entry piece. Each participant must submit their own consent. Submit entry under a unique file name. For example yourlastname_yourfirstname.jpg.

For creative pieces, participants must complete the consent form giving the sponsor permission to use their creative piece in video. Creative concepts should promote help-seeking attitudes, reduce mental health stigma, express messages of hope, demonstrate cultural inclusion, and be a source of strength. Please avoid the use of shaming or negative language or concepts in the artwork.

For photos, the primary participant (the individual submitting the entry) is responsible for ensuring that all other participants in the photo provide their own consent in order for their photo to be eligible.

Consent Form
The consent will be the first section of the Anti-Stigma Project Submission Form. Both primary and secondary participants must consent to the use of the photo or creative design that is being submitted in order for it to be featured in the video project.

Parental Consent Form

Model Release
By participating in the anti-stigma project, each participant grants Sponsors permission to use my likeness in all sponsor-authorized print or online productions.

By participating, each participant waives any right they may have to inspect and approve the finished product.

Indemnification & Release
By participating in the anti-stigma project, each participant agrees to indemnify, release or hold harmless sponsors from any liability, damages, losses, or injury resulting in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from that individual's participation in the anti-stigma project.

By participating, each individual grants Sponsor permission to use his/her entry in the anti-stigma project for publicity purposes without payment.

By participating, each participant agrees:

  • Participants must ensure that they own the undisputed copyright to their respective entries.
  • Image copyright remains the property of the creator even though permission to use imagery is given to UH Hilo by participation in the project.
  • By entering the anti-stigma project, participants agree that their images/creative piece will remain a part of UH Hilo history and may be used for future event promotions.

Any questions regarding this project should be directed to Campus Health Promotion Specialist Raynell Espaniola at [].

Anti-Stigma Video Project Flyer and PDF's

Anti-Stigma Video Project (PDF)

Anti-Stigma Video Project Flyer