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    Win $1000

    We are now accepting submissions! Deadline March 1, 2021. Learn more.

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    New Hope & Justice Category

    Accepting monthly submissions in multiple art forms. Read More

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    In Case You Missed it

    Watch the recorded 2020 Directing Change Virtual Award Ceremony here.

  • Winners

    2020 Winners Announced

    Congratulations to our youth film makers! See who won!

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    Thank You

    A heartfelt thank you to the many judges that had the difficulty task of picking this year’s winning films. Learn about our judges here

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    Teens Helping Teens

    Text TEEN to 839836 between 6pm and 9pm daily to connect with other peers. You are not alone!

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    Each Mind Matters

    Read up on the latest blogs about self-care and staying well during COVID-19 here

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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.

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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