Directing Change



Judges needed for Directing Change student video contest

We are now seeking judges to help us select the winning videos. Do you have expertise/interest in directing, writing, editing, acting, journalism, public service announcements, video production, suicide prevention and/or mental health? Contact us about becoming a judge today!


  • Participate in a brief judging orientation (via phone or webinar) in February 2013.
  • Review up to 10 sixty-second video submissions and complete an online scoring form for each in March 2013. (Time commitment of less than two hours.)
  • Are invited (but not required) to attend the award ceremony in Sacramento on May 23, 2013.
  • Are recognized on the contest website and in the award ceremony program

For more information email or call Jana Sczersputowski: – 858 740 4381.

Note: High school students and individuals who attend, work at, or are affiliated with a high school are not eligible to participate as judges. High school students are encouraged to participate by submitting videos to the contest.

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 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 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.
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