#PSDPrompt


This month, we want YOU to have fun creating something related to service dogs. The theme for September is:

How could a service dog bring sunshine into your life?

Then, we want you to share your creation on social media (Facebook or Twitter), tagged by including #PSDPrompt in the text of your post. Bonus for also tagging it with PSDP’s handle!

Facebook: @PsychiatricServiceDogPartners 
Twitter: @PSDPartners

We want this project to encourage and provide an outlet for self-expression, open a conversation with online communities, and create works of love to inspire, entertain, and educate.

Make, tag, share!

 

Q & A about #PSDPrompt

The answers are expandable by clicking on the questions below.

What can I create—does it have to be a meme?

No way! You can create anything, really, as long as there’s a way to share it on social media.* Here are some ideas:

• stories, essays, or poems
• pictures—single, album, or collage (or meme!)
• videos—scripted or unscripted
• drawings or charcoal sketches
• colorings, paintings, or pastels
• clay or bronze statues
• music performances or compositions—for example, this fiddle performance of “L’Oiseau Bleu” (the Bluebird) by a community member—also in the video above:
• gifs or other animations
• dramatic tragedies or comedies
• performance art on video
just talking into your webcam for YouTube (or Facebook Live, anyone?)
whatever makes your soul sing!

It doesn’t have to be hard or take long to create, either! It’s better to make something small and fun that you have the “spoons” to finish and share, rather than embark on an ambitious project of perfection and never get it out there. There’s no grade for these, so just do what makes you happy! 🙂

 

What's this # (hashtag) thing all about?

When you post to social media and include a hashtag (“#”) in front of a word or phrase with no spaces in it, it makes it easier for folks to find everything tagged with that word or phrase by searching for it. If you don’t use it, no one will find your creation when they look for it!

This way, people can find all the creations for #PSDPrompt on Twitter or Facebook by searching on those platforms for that hashtag. Just include it in the text of your post, and if your post isn’t private, all’s well!

 

Is PSDP going to post all the #PSDPrompt creations here?

We might post some highlights, but it’s not likely we’ll collect them all here. We want you on our site, but we also want you engaging in social media and spreading the word!

 

Do I need to have a psychiatric service dog (or even a service dog) to participate?

Not at all! This is open to anyone who either has some kind of service dog (including guide dogs), is interested in getting one, or otherwise fits the prompt. For example, if your life is affected because your spouse or friend has a service dog, you might have a response for the prompt. Of course, anyone can share or like others’ posts.

 

Can I share on Instagram (or elsewhere), or does it have to be on Facebook or Twitter?

You’re welcome to share wherever you want, but we’ll only be looking on Facebook and Twitter. 🙂

If you’re posting a YouTube video or something on another site, you can usually also share it by linking to it on Facebook or Twitter. Just be sure the “sharing” settings are marked so it’s not closed off to others.

 

After I post on social media, should I also share my creation with the Peer Guidance Group?

Absolutely! If you’re on “the list” (Peer Guidance Group), please share it there also—and encourage social media sharing! If you’re not on the list, but should be, contact us right now to join.

Just remember our rules say there are no attachments allowed on the list. Like you have to do when sharing a picture on the list, link to your creation elsewhere on the web. Oh, and put “#PSDPrompt” in the email subject!

 

If I'm especially shy or not on social media, can I just share my creation with the Peer Guidance Group?

Of course! The main idea is to communicate with the broader community, so a lesser form of that is better than nothing. We know it takes a bit of courage to put yourself out there, so we hope this project will inspire bravery!

 

If there's absolutely no way I'm being creative this month, is there some other way I can participate?

Definitely. Get on Facebook or Twitter, search for #PSDPrompt, and share others’ creations with your friends and followers!  You’ll make the creators feel good that you took the time.

On Facebook, you can even include a PSDP donation button on your post, and we surely appreciate that.

 

Is it easy to include a donation button for PSDP on my Facebook posts?

Yes! While that’s not essential to this project, if you want to encourage others to support PSDP when you post your creation (or share others’!), just follow these easy instructions for adding a donation button on Facebook to do that (the instructions are below).

Thanks—we really appreciate your help!

Method 1:

• Tag us: type “@PsychiatricServiceDogPartners” in your post and select our name

• Click “Post“, then click “Add button” and choose the donate button

Method 2:

• Click the “Feeling/Activity” button (with the emoji next to it), then scroll down to “Supporting” and click it

• Type in “Psychiatric Service Dog Partners” and click on PSDP’s box

• Click “Post“, then click “Add button” to confirm the donate button

 
 
#PSDPrompt meme…Picture: young woman on a beach, smiling with a service dog. Text: "How do you fight major depressive disorder? Doggedly."

Jennifer provides an example through her meme creation—other creation types are encouraged, too!

 
 

*Some fine print: It’s up to you to make sure there’s no copyright infringement. If you create something for a PSDP project like #PSDPrompt (e.g., performing someone else’s intellectual creation), you’re telling us you have any permissions needed for you (and us!) to share your creation with the world through social media and our site.