Directing Change

For Schools

Click here to request educational resources and a prevention program for your high school.

Check out the “Get Started” Prezi for a step by step overview of the contest and resources for creating your film.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a 24-hour, toll-free, confidential suicide prevention hotline available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress.

Below you will find useful information to assist you in your suicide prevention and mental health efforts for both the high school setting as well as higher education institutions.

Much of the following information is intended for the high school setting however there is also useful information for higher education institutions.

Directing Change Educational Information and Resources

All schools are eligible to receive resources and prevention programs for their campus. Please complete and return the Program Request Form or contact Stan Collins (fill out the contact us form) about the programs listed below (AFSP, SAVE).

  • More Than Sad (American Foundation for Suicide Prevention): More Than Sad: Teen Depression is a high school curriculum featuring a 26-minute film and discussion guide that can be integrated during one class period. The program seeks to increase the knowledge of the warning signs of youth suicide, so that educators and youth are better prepared to identify and refer students who may be at risk. (
  • LEADS for Youth: Linking Education and Awareness of Depression and Suicide: The LEADS curriculum, developed with input from students and teachers, is an interactive three day curriculum used in a health class setting for high school students. Throughout the lessons, students discuss symptoms of depression, risk and protective factors for suicide and learn to identify warning signs of suicide. (

Directing Change PowerPoint Presentation (Download here): This brief presentation is intended to be reviewed by an adult advisor on campus and then shared with students. It is not intended to take the place of a comprehensive suicide prevention or mental health program; instead it offers a brief overview of suicide prevention and mental health as well as details about the contest.

Educational Videos: The educational videos are films produced by some of the Directing Change Team that discuss various mental health and suicide prevention topics. Its purpose is to provide more information to students and teachers that will help inspire the filmmaking process.

Prevention Programs and Resources

High School Resources (students and professionals)

Kognito At-Risk Program fulfills California’s Jason Flatt Act legislation for suicide prevention training for K-12 teachers. It is listed in the Suicide Prevention Resource Center’s best practices registry and the National Registry of Evidence Based Programs and Practices. Both trainings are FREE until December 31, 2015.

Kognito At-Risk Gatekeeper Training is a one hour online, interactive gatekeeper training simulation designed to prepare teachers and other school personnel to identify, approach, and refer students who are at risk of psychological distress. This suicide prevention training is available at no cost to all elementary, middle, and high school educators and staff at

Kognito Friend2Friend introduces the concept of mental health, warning signs of psychological distress, and strategies for improving mental wellness through a 25-minute interactive, online learning activity. This suicide prevention tool was developed for students ages thirteen and over and is available at no cost at (enrollment key: calfriend)

Suicide Prevention: A Toolkit for Schools:  This publication from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) was created to assist high schools and school districts in designing and implementing strategies to prevent suicide and promote behavioral health. It includes tools to implement a multi-faceted suicide prevention program that responds to the needs and cultures of students

After a Suicide: A Toolkit for Schools:  This toolkit is designed to assist schools in the aftermath of a suicide (or other death) in the school community. It is meant to serve as a practical resource for schools facing real-time crises to help them determine what to do, when, and how. The toolkit reflects consensus recommendations developed in consultation with a diverse group of national experts, including school-based personnel, clinicians, researchers, and crisis response professionals. It incorporates relevant existing material and research findings as well as references, templates, and links to additional information and assistance.

Intervening with Suicidal Youth:  Developed by the Los Angeles County Office of Education’s Youth Suicide Prevention Project, this document provides a information on assessment for suicidal youth in a school setting.

Suicide Prevention Program Overview (for high school and higher education): This document provides a list of, and links to, suicide prevention programs and resources registered on the Suicide Prevention Resource Center’s (SPRC) Best Practices Registry, and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices.

Model School District Policy for Suicide Prevention: Reducing the risk of youth suicide requires making positive changes. To help make it easier for schools to prevent, assess, intervene in, and respond to suicidal behavior, The Trevor Project has collaborated to create a Model School District Policy for Suicide Prevention. This modular, adaptable document will help educators and school administrators implement comprehensive suicide prevention policies in communities nationwide. Download our fact sheet and full policy today – by adopting or advocating for this model policy in your school district, you can help protect the health and safety of all students.  This model policy was created in collaboration with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, the American School Counselor Association, and the National Association of School Psychologists.

Colleges and Universities (students and professionals)

Postvention: A Guide For Response to Suicide on College Campuses : The Higher Education Mental Health Alliance (HEMHA), a partnership of organizations dedicated to providing leadership to advance college mental health, created this guide as an answer to the imperative need for strategies to help colleges and universities effectively and sensitively respond to campus deaths, should they occur.

ULifeline : An anonymous, confidential, online resource center, where college students can be comfortable searching for the information they need and want regarding mental health and suicide prevention. ULifeline features campus-specific information like counseling center locations and hours, and an anonymous mental health self-evaluator.

Halfof Us : Through online, on-air and live events, the JED Foundation and MTV raise awareness about mental health issues and connect people to the appropriate resources to get help. Half of Us features a library of videos of public service announcements, students and celebrities talking about important issues like prescription drug abuse, depression, student veterans, anxiety and eating disorders.

Love is Louder : Love is Louder was started by the JED Foundation, MTV and Brittany Snow to support anyone feeling mistreated, misunderstood or alone. It is a movement of all types of people who have come together to raise the volume around the message that love and support are louder than any internal or external voice that brings us down. Individuals, communities, schools and organizations have embraced Love is Louder as a way to address with issues like bullying, negative self-image, discrimination, loneliness and depression.

The JED Foundation ( The Jed Foundation’s mission is to promote emotional health and prevent suicide among college and university students. Listed below are some of the valuable resources available from the JED Foundation:

  • Help a Friend in Need: “Help A Friend In Need” is a community guide for Facebook and Instagram users to help college students and young adults identify potential warning signs that a friend might be in emotional distress and how to find help.
  • Transition Year: The JED Foundation and the American Psychiatric Foundation partnered on an online resource aimed at helping to ensure the smooth, safe and healthy transition of teenagers from high school to college.
  • JED and Clinton Health Matters Campus Program: The JED and Clinton Health Matters Campus Program (Campus Program) was created to help colleges and universities create healthier and safer campus environments to help prevent the two leading causes of death in young adults’ unintentional injuries, including those caused by prescription drug overdoses or alcohol poisoning, and suicide.
  • CampusMHAP: This free resource guide helps college and university professionals develop a comprehensive plan to promote the mental health of their campus communities and support students who are struggling emotionally or distressed.
  • Campus Teams Resource: The Jed Foundation and HEMHA (Higher Education Mental Health Alliance) developed a single resource to help colleges in the development and maintenance of ‘campus teams’.

Mental Health Programs and Resources:

Bring Change 2 Mind: Bring Change 2 Mind is a national anti-stigma campaign aimed at removing misconceptions about mental illness. For more information visit:

ReachOut USA: ReachOut seeks to help teens and young adults who struggle with feelings of hopelessness and thoughts of suicide. By harnessing the power and accessibility of online and mobile platforms, ReachOut meets them where they are to provide vital peer-to-peer support and mental health information. Check out resources and support here:

NAMI California (  A grassroots organization of families and individuals whose lives have been affected by serious mental illness. They advocate for lives of quality and respect, without discrimination and stigma, for all our constituents. They provide leadership in advocacy, legislation, policy development, education and support throughout California. There are people all over this state who care about you and want to help those experiencing symptoms of mental illness. Go to to look for an affiliate in your community.

  • Ending the Silence Program: Ending the Silence (ETS) is a mental health education and stigma reduction program designed specifically for high school and young adult audiences. ETS provides accurate information on mental illness and discusses the mental health continuum as something we all experience. The trained two person team provided education and personal testimony from a young person living well with a mental health condition. For more information, contact Kelly Boyles using the contact us link or 916-567-0163
  • Parents and Teachers as Allies is a free, one to two hour in‐service program that focuses on helping school professionals and families within the school community better understand the early warning signs of mental illnesses in children and adolescents. For more information, contact Kelly Boyles using the contact us link or 916-567-0163
  • NAMI on Campus is a peer led club for college students to raise awareness of mental health and wellness in order to empower them to take action on their college campuses. For more information, contact Kelly Boyles using the contact us link or 916-567-0163
  • NAMI on Campus High School (NCHS) is an adaptation of the college program, and is being pilot-tested in 2014 through a partnership with the California Department of Education (CDE) and the Placer County Office of Education (PCOE). NCHS is a peer led club for college students to raise awareness of mental health and wellness in order to empower them to take action on their high school campuses. For more information, contact Kelly Boyles using the contact us link or 916-567-0163

If you have any questions about the above resources or about mental health and suicide prevention on your campus or in your community, please contact Stan Collins: contact us

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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