2017 World Suicide Prevention Day Essay Contest


THEME:   “Thirteen Reasons to Live.”  There are so many reasons to be alive and joyful, but sometimes people need a reminder that even though life can be difficult, it will get better. What message would you send to a friend or family member going through hard times to help them get through it? How would you help someone think about all of the wonderful things about life? What are some of your “13 reasons to live?”

ELIGIBILITY: This contest is open to all youth currently living in Nevada, under 18 years old that will be entering into the following grades in August 2017.

  • Grades 6-9  (Middle School)
  • Grades 9-12 (High School)


  • Type an essay, free or metered verse (includes poetry, rap) about “Thirteen Reasons to Live”.
  • If using free or metered verse, may be set to music or singing
  • Middle School 1-2 pages
  • High School 2-3 pages
  • Font: Arial, Calibri, or Times New Roman size 12, double spaced, 1-inch margins
  • Entries must be in English and follow the theme, “Thirteen Reasons to Live”
  • Each entry must be accompanied by a completed release form, signed by a parent. Entries must also include the submitter’s full name, grade, school, and primary contact information.


  • Winning essay participants from middle and high school (both North and South) will read his or her work (either in person or on video – live stream or recorded) at the Nevada Suicide Prevention Conference in Reno which will take place on October 13, or 14, 2017.
  • First place: Apple iPad Air or gift card of equal value for middle and high school winners ($500)
  • Second place: Beats Wireless Headphones or gift card of equal value for both winners ($200)
  • Third Place: Samsung Galaxy Tab E Lite or gift card of equal value for both winners ($100)


*Please print and sign your completed Consent Form.

Please submit your essay and completed consent form below no later than September 15, 2017.  If you have any questions about the contest or are having difficulty submitting your essay on the website, please email M. Amaris Knight at nevadacsp@gmail.com.


  • Address the topic in a positive, thoughtful, and original manner. Feel free to put your own spin on the contest theme. Essays must be created for the purpose of entering into this contest and cannot have been submitted previously in a promotion or contest of any kind, or previously shared with the public through Email, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, or any other means.
  • Profanity, offensive language, insensitivity to racial, religious, gender and sexual differences will disqualify the essay.
  • Use people-first language, which refers to people who are living with mental health challenges as part of their full-life experience, not people who are defined by their mental health challenges (i.e. Use ‘He has schizophrenia’, not ‘He is schizophrenic’).
  • Make sure your essay is suitable for public presentation. Basically, if you wouldn’t want your parents or pastor to see it, it’s not an essay you should submit! NCSP reserves the right to make the final determination as to the suitability for public presentation.
  • Make sure to follow all of the guidelines and include all of the necessary information with your submission! To help, use the following checklist:
    • Does the length of the essay fall within the requirements for my age group?
    • Did I use spell and grammar checks?
    • Have I included a signed parent permission form?