To learn how Directing Change is impacting schools and young people in California, view our outcome statements and evaluation reports!
Directing Change is part of 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 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
Know the Signs
Know the Signs is a statewide suicide prevention social marketing campaign with 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 National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is the Nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and families affected by mental illness. There are NAMI affiliates in every state and 67 in the state of California alone. NAMI California provides support, education, and advocacy to all those affected by mental health conditions. Our knowledge of mental health from the individual and family member perspective plays a key role in the effectiveness of our programs.
For more information on NAMI California, visit us online at www.NAMICalifornia.org or contact our office at (916) 567-0163.
Mobilizing Youth Campaign
CalMHSA’s Stigma and Discrimination Reduction campaign targets 14-24 year old Californians, providing them with and encouraging peer support when things aren’t going so well. The campaign links youth and young adults to tools, resources, and a series of interactive forums. While mobilizing youth to change social norms, the Reach Out Forums provide visitors with a safe space to discuss a range of social and mental health related issues with trained peer leaders and encourage both support seeking and support giving around mental health challenges. The Mobilization campaign is one of three age-specific CalMHSA stigma and discrimination reduction campaign components targeting Californians throughout the lifespan.
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.