General Contest Information
The Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide, in partnership with 2nd Floor Youth Helpline, the New Jersey TLC and Rutgers Health, University Behavioral Health Care invite high school students across New Jersey to submit a public service announcement (PSA) focused on messages of hope. Each school is permitted to have a student submit an entry in each of the four categories.
Winners from each category will be honored in the Spring of 2018 at a Lakewood BlueClaws Baseball Game.
In order to be completely transparent with the voting process, we have detailed how the final voting for the 2017 PSA contest will be computed.
- SPTS PSA Contest Review Committee vote on all submissions. Their votes help narrow down the entries to the finalists. The total number of finalists is at the discretion of SPTS and will be determined by the total number of entries received in each category. The remaining entries are rank ordered based on the number of votes by SPTS committee members.
- Finalists are entered into a 10-day round of online Public Voting. The exact dates of the Public Voting will be announced by January 1, 2018. Finalists will be rank ordered, based on total number of votes they received (Rank 1 receives highest number of total votes, Rank 2 receives second highest number of total votes, etc.)
- The rank from the internal and public voting will be averaged. The entry with the lowest average is named the winner.
- In the event of a tie when the rank orders were averaged, the SPTS PSA Contest Review Committee voting determines the winner.
We are grateful to the following individuals for agreeing to participate as a member of our SPTS PSA Contest Internal Review Committee.
Kathi Abatemarco; Regional Human Resources Executive, Gannett Co
Phyllis Alongi; SPTS Clinical Director
Marcie Bradley, LCSW; SPTS Youth Council Manager – Ocean County
Stacy Brief; Mental Health Advocate/College Student
Maureen Brogan; Director, New Jersey TLC/New Jersey Youth Suicide Prevention Advisory Council
Stephanie Coggin; Vice President of Communications, American Foundation of Suicide Prevention
Steven Cuccuolo; PSA Contest Intern/College Student
Mark Farrell; Motivational, Youth & Disability Speaker/NYC Radio Host
Jeannine Grasso; SPTS Board Member
Jeff Hunt; Student Assistance Counselor, Voorhees Township High School
Julia Pardee; College Student/Former SPTS Youth Council Member
Steve Priolo; Director, NJ Partnerships, NJTV
Liz Jeressi; Morning Show Co-Host, Townsquare Media
Sue Tellone; Mental Health Association Monmouth
Wendy Sefcik; Mental Health Advocate/New Jersey Youth Suicide Prevention Advisory
Malia Segal, LCSW; SPTS Board Member
Maureen Underwood, LCSW
Joanna Zaraza; SPTS Youth Council Manager – Monmouth County
Elizabeth Graham; Associate Director, 180 Turning Lives Around/2nd Floor Youth Helpline