The Directing Change Program & Film Contest is part of Each Mind Matters: California’s Mental Health Movement. The program offers young people the exciting opportunity to participate in the movement by creating 60-second films about suicide prevention and mental health that are used to support awareness, education and advocacy efforts on these topics. Learning objectives surrounding mental health and suicide prevention are integrated into the submission categories of the film contest, giving young people the opportunity to critically explore these topics. Program participants – whether they are making a film, acting as an adult advisor, or judging the films – are exposed to appropriate messaging about these topics, warning signs, how to appropriately respond to someone in distress, where to seek help, as well as how to stand up for others who are experiencing a mental health challenge. In addition, schools and organizations are offered free prevention programs and educational resources. Click here to download Directing Change Talking Points.
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Directing Change 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 voter-approved Mental Health Services Act (Prop 63) and administered by the California Mental Health Services Authority (CalMHSA). CalMHSA is an organization of county governments working to improve mental health outcomes for individuals, families and communities, and administers programs on a statewide, regional, and local basis. For more information on CalMHSA visit: www.calmhsa.org
Directing Change is part of Each Mind Matters, California’s Mental Health Movement. Each Mind Matters serves as the megaphone to amplify the voices of all people who want to put an end to stigma related to mental health and create a community where everyone feels comfortable reaching out for the support they deserve. For more information visit: eachmindmatters.org.
The Directing Change Program is implemented by Your Social Marketer.
CalMHSA administered statewide initiatives that support Directing Change:
Know the Signs is one of CalMHSA’s statewide initiatives. It is a suicide prevention social marketing campaign with the goal to prepare Californians to prevent suicide by encouraging them to know the warning signs, find the words to offer help to someone they are concerned about and reach out to resources. For more information visit: www.suicideispreventable.org
The Regional K through 12 Student Mental Health Initiative The Regional K-12 Student Mental Health Initiative (SMHI) is a program of the California County Superintendents Educational Services Association (CCSESA) focused on assisting California county offices of education, districts and schools to develop and implement effective programs and services that promote the mental health and wellness of students in grades K-8, with linkages to preschool and grades 9-12. CCSESA’s Regional K-12 Student Mental Health Initiative is funded by the voter-approved Mental Health Services Act (Prop. 63). It is one of several Prevention and Early Intervention initiatives supported by the California Mental Health Services Authority (CalMHSA).
The Regional K-12 SMHI is based on a statewide framework of prevention and early intervention strategies for promoting student mental health that encourages schools and their communities to implement programs and services that meet local needs. CCSESA has identified 11 Regional Lead County Offices of Education to conduct activities addressing prevention and early identification of mental health concerns for elementary (K-8) students, with the goals of (1) increasing cross-system collaboration; (2) implementing school-based demonstration programs; (3) providing education and training for education personnel, parents/caregivers, and community partners; and (4) providing technical assistance for school-based program development. These efforts will be achieved and sustained by building the capacity of existing systems and their representatives.
University of California Student Mental Health Initiative
UC’s ten campuses at Berkeley, Davis, Irvine, Los Angeles, Merced, Riverside, San Diego, San Francisco, Santa Cruz and Santa Barbara provide exciting environments that foster world-class educational and research opportunities, and generate a wide range of benefits and services that touch the lives of Californians every day.
The University of California has long recognized student mental health as an ongoing and urgent issue for higher education, and in 2011 was awarded funding from the voter-approved Mental Health Services Act (Prop. 63). UC is one of several Prevention and Early Intervention initiatives supported by the California Mental Health Services Authority (CalMHSA) through this act, charged with enhancing mental health services throughout the state.