Beauty Behind Becca

Winning Video speaks up against the mental illness stigma

Meet Becca- a seriously cool girl, who happens to suffer from multiple mental illnesses.

After watching this video, we guarantee you will change the way you see mental illness.

“People thought I was sheltered, homeless…”

When Natasha Boshoff and Suaad Issa decided to create a video to challenge the stigma around mental health they had to look no further than their own classmate.

This is the story of Becca Cala, a girl who has had to experience the sad twist and turns of fate as a child which some never have to experience at all. Despite her diagnosis with multiple illnesses including, Tourettes Syndrome, OCD, Pervasive Mental Disorder, and ADHD, Becca has become a beacon of happiness, lighting up the days of all around her.

Becca had been a target of bullying due to her undiagnosed mental illnesses since the age of 16. Needless to say, she did not have an easy childhood; but finally being properly diagnosed has allowed her to seek the help she needs and open up about her mental illness – and now she’s ready to crush the stigma.

Children’s Mental Health Ontario hosts an annual contest “Change The View” encouraging contestants to submit a 2 minute video to raise awareness for mental health in hopes of opening up conversation about mental health to end the stigma. The winner receives a $1500 cash reward.

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The video was a documentary assignment for their Communications Technology course at Oakville Trafalgar High School. It was entered into Children’s Mental Health Ontario’s *Change the View* video contest – and won the top prize.

Learn about the different mental health disorders that affect teens today.

“Beauty Behind Becca.” YouTube. YouTube, n.d. Web. 29 May 2014.

Barness, Sarah. “Teen With Tourette’s Syndrome Sends Powerful Message To Destigmatize Mental Disorders (VIDEO).” The Huffington Post., 12 May 2014. Web. 29 May 2014.