The Navy is launching a video contest aimed at promoting awareness of suicide warning signs and bystander intervention from a sailor’s perspective.

The “Suicide Prevention Public Service Announcement Video Contest” is open to individuals or teams of active-duty, Reserve or full-time-support sailors, according to a Navy news release. The contest begins Friday and submissions must either be postmarked or uploaded by Aug. 24.

Entries must be no longer than 50 seconds and must include some element of Ask Care Treat (ACT), an acronym to remind people how to help a possibly suicidal person, the release said.

Submissions will be judged on storytelling ability, originality, creativity and technical quality, and how well they conveyed one of two core suicide prevention program messages: “It’s Okay to Speak Up When You’re Down” and/or “Life is Worth Living.”

Winners will be announced Sept. 28 to coincide with Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, the release said. The winning submission will be broadcast on Direct-to-Sailor Television and provided to the American Forces Network and the Pentagon channel.

Details, including format requirements, official contest rules and entry information are available online.

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