Submission Guidelines

Please read the following carefully prior to submitting a video.

Share your story to help others who may be going through a similar situation. Your story may be an inspiration to others and may be the encouragement they need to seek help and make positive change in their lives. We all stumble, let’s pick each other up.

You must have a valid YouTube/Google account to submit a video: If you do not have a valid YouTube account please follow these instructions to create one.

Quality: We know these are home videos, but please record your video in a quiet environment where we can see and hear you. Please ensure your video is no more than seven minutes long

Make sure you title and tag your video: 150StoriesCCC – Your Name for the title, and tags that you feel pinpoint the message you are trying to send.

Terms & Conditions By submitting a video you agree to our Terms & Conditions

Please submit all stories, photos and video URL’s to our Communications Department at communications@calgarycounselling.com


Safe Messaging Policy

Calgary Counselling Centre and the Your Stories project want to ensure the safety and well-being of participants. This is inclusive of videos and written content that are posted on the Calgary Counselling Centre website, shared through its social media channels, or otherwise shared with the public. Your Stories reserves the right to determine if any particular item submitted may be inappropriate for sharing with the public, and can therefore discontinue or decline to share that item through its website, social media channels, or otherwise.

All videos and written content submitted to Calgary Counselling Centre for inclusion on its website are screened to determine if the messaging portrayed within can be deemed “unsafe.” Our staff cannot guarantee that all content is deemed “safe” for all viewers; however, we will take every effort to limit the distribution of content that it believes would be considered “unsafe.”

The Your Stories project may discontinue or decline to share a video or written content submitted to it for reasons including, but not limited to:

  • The product contains violent, vulgar, or offensive language
  • the product describes suicide, substance abuse, violence or any other dangerous or negative behaviour in a positive way, encourages people to harm themselves or others in any way or makes suicide, substance abuse, violence or any other dangerous or negative behaviour seem like a normal or accepted solution;
  • the product is perceived as being insensitive
  • the product could lead a viewer to experience anxiety, depression or feelings of isolation and despair;
  • the product suggests that a person should not seek help if feeling anxious, depressed, isolated or suicidal;
  • a variety of other reasons that may lead a person to experience mental, psychological, emotional or physical harm.

If Calgary Counselling Centre has declined to share your video or written content, yet you feel this is incompatible with the policy above, then please contact our Communications Department at communications@calgarycounselling.com with an explanation as to why you believe your story should be posted.

Share your story and help those who are struggling to speak up, and get help by following these 4 steps:

Step 1: Create a YouTube account or use your existing one

Step 2: Record your video using your webcam, cell phone, or any resources available

Step 3: Please submit a video no longer than seven minutes. Title and tag your video “150StoriesCCC – Your Name” and use tags to describe your video such as:
#depression #overcome #strength.

Step 4: Upload your video to YouTube and send an email to communications@calgarycounselling.com. We will review your submission and post it on the site

What to share in your video

Positive messages of overcoming struggles, and encouraging others to do the same: You’ve been through a lot and have worked hard to deal with your emotional struggles. Share where you’ve been, and where you are now. Encourage others to keep their heads up and keep going.

Avoid negative language and demeaning comments: We want to inspire our community, not dissuade them from seeking help.

Emphasize the power we have as a community to fight stigma, and help one another: We’re all in this together. This is your community.

Speak from the heart, and make your message unique to you.