Eilidh Smith, Level 5 BA (Hons) Graphic Design Student, wins GOLD in the Film and Photography category at the Creative Conscience Awards for her short film, Leaving Your Mark.

Being a victim of bullying increases the risk of being depressed later in life by more than half and bullying others increases the risk of becoming depressed by 30%. Bullying has a detrimental impact on the victim, leaving them with problems with self-esteem and mental health. Anyone has the potential to be a bully and should consider their actions and words that they say to someone before they do as it can leave a permanent imprint on the victims’ mental image of who they are and their self-esteem.

Eilidh’s film aims to make the teenage audience consider the marks that they leave on others and the lasting impact that their words and actions can have.

Eilidh told us how she feels about winning a Gold Award at Creative Conscience:

“It was really motivating to work on a project driven by social change, as something that could make a difference to a problem that affects many people during their lifetime. I believe that designers have a very important and powerful role in creating positive change, as they have the ability to influence people’s emotions or help to see ideas from a different angle. I feel very proud to have received an award in this area of design.”

See Ellidh’s winning entry.