Directing Change

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    Calling all young filmmakers

    Open to students in grades 7-12th and youth between the ages 14 and 25 in partnership with a club, program, organization, college or other agency. Learn more.

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    Get noticed!

    Films have been judged by many professional film makers and actors including Bradley Buecker, Gren Wells, Mark Ordesky, Gavin Macintosh, Metta World Peace and others

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    How many warning signs for suicide do you know?

    Learn more and why it matters not to keep suicide a secret.

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    Make a Difference!

    Create 60-second films about suicide prevention and mental health. Get Started.

  • Contest

    AB 2246

    Directing Change is an evaluated youth engagement program and offers training and technical assistance to help districts and schools meet the requirements of AB2246. Request Information Here.

  • Contest


    Get inspired! Use the winning films to promote prevention efforts at your school and in your community. View films here.

  • Thank You


    Directing Change appreciates the generous financial support from the Dallas Pugh Foundation. Learn more.

  • Thank You Kognito

    Thank you Kognito

    Check out the new 30 second category Animated Short- Suicide Prevention sponsored by the suicide prevention program Kognito. Learn more.

If you are experiencing an emotional crisis, are thinking about suicide or are concerned about a friend call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline immediately: 1-800-273-8255This is a free 24-hour hotline.
The contest is part of Each Mind Matters: California's Mental Health Movement and statewide efforts to prevent suicide, reduce stigma and discrimination related to mental illness, and to promote the mental health and wellness of students. These initiatives are funded by counties through the Mental Health Services Act (Prop 63) and administered by the California Mental Health Services Authority (CalMHSA), an organization of county governments working to improve mental health outcomes for individuals, families and communities. The program is implemented by Your Social Marketer, Inc.
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