Ridvan celebrates Baha’u’llah’s time in the garden of Ridvan where He publicly declared His station as a Manifestation of God. The Ridvan Festival is 12 days long and is also the time of year where Baha’is elect their governing bodies.
Here at Baha’i Blog we regularly create content to participate in broad societal topics and discourses like – National Science Week, NAIDOC, Women’s Health Week, Mental Health Month, and so on. As part of these we encourage our creators to shoot videos connected to those topics. If you’re keen to participate, we’d LOVE to hear from you.
Mental Health Month: “What I do for my mental health is …”
Mental Health Month is all of October and is a month to raise awareness, educate, remove stigma, and rally together to build resilience towards mental health. This year we want to encourage everyone to share how they manage their mental health and share ideas and techniques with others in a personable way.
What We Want to Accomplish
To show that Baha’is engaging with this important topic. Mental health is often stigmatised as something that is “just in your head” rather than a very real health condition that can require medical attention and active healing.
<1 min of vertical video of a Baha’i, starting with the line:
“Hi! I’m Jane, I’m a Baha’i and this is what I do for my mental health…”
Then share 1 to 3 ways that help maintain your mental health, or even help with healing. We would encourage the methods to be something that can be shown visually, such as enjoying a sunrise, performing a service, yoga and meditation, going for a walk, grounding techniques, and so many more.
The videos should be
Filmed vertically and 30 – 60 seconds.
Filmed close, we should be able to see your face and upper torso (unless also featuring a prop or other related object, activity, or related scenery)
Be captivating, engaging, and where necessary, real and human.
Well timed and interesting, not formulaic or slow
Be careful not to sound too authoritative, it should be clear that the techniques in the video are of your personal opinion and “may” help others in a similar situation, rather than giving a guarantee of its effectiveness.
If filming anyone under 15: Please also ensure you have clear verbal or written consent recorded from parents/guardians and make sure they know the video may be shared on TikTok and any other Baha’i Blog accounts (and this website).
Watch out for
Wind and other background noise are pretty problematic. Try to find somewhere without extra noises (unless you have a sophisticated mic set up that can deal with it!).
Also remember to hit record and wait 3 full seconds before you begin speaking and when you’re done, wait 3 full seconds before you stop recording.
A Little Tutorial
Here’s a little video with Cherie from the Baha’i Blog team with a few tips on shooting your mental health month video!
Examples to take inspiration from:
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