Directing Change

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    Now Accepting 2016 Submissions!

    The submission deadline is March 1, 2016. Get started.

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    New for 2016

    Now open to high schools students and young adults ages 16 to 25 in partnership with a college, organization, club, program or other agency. Learn more.

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    2016 Submission Categories

    Suicide Prevention, Mental Health Matters and Through the Lens of Culture. Which one is for you?

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    Win a Mentor Session With a Professional Director

    Submit your Intent to Direct form today

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    Prevention Programs and More

    Participation qualifies schools and organizations for free programs and trainings. Request Information Here.

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    2015 Award Ceremony

    Senator Mark Leno and Writer/Producer Recognize Students at 2015 Award Ceremony. View pictures here

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    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.

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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