Directing Change

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Award Ceremony on May 11th, 2017
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Suicide Prevention Toolbox


There are two sections here: tools (such as logos and the title slide template) that are required with your film submission and background information and links to help you with the content of your film.

Submission Requirement Checklist:

check_mark_clip_art_11058Number One: My film is exactly 60 seconds long. Only the first 60 seconds of a film will be judged. Although the film won’t lose points, any films which run longer than 60 seconds will not be judged upon their full content and will be at a disadvantage. The title slide does not count toward the 60-second limit.

Why this matters:  Many of the films (even if they are not winning films) are used to support local awareness efforts and shown in local movie theaters and even on TV.  We are only able to use films that meet the 60-second requirement.

check_mark_clip_art_11058Number Two: My film includes all required logos and the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

Films must include:

1. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: (800)273-8255 (TALK)

2. This compilation image of logos which should appear at the end of your film and within the 60 second limit:

check_mark_clip_art_11058 Number Three: My film includes a title slide. Download the Title Slide Template here . You may use this title slide template or you may create your own title slide as long as it includes the required information below.

The title slide is not counted in the 60-second limit and needs to include:

  • Film Title
  • Filmmaker (s) names: (these are the youth involved in the filming, editing, or creation of the film)
  • School or Organization, Club or Other Affiliation Name
  • County (not country)
  • Adult Advisor Name
  • The Submission Category

Suicide Prevention Resources to Assist You with Content

For background information review these fact sheets and short educational films developed by the Directing Change Team in collaboration with NAMI California.

For additional questions regarding the “Suicide Prevention” category, please contact us.


Suicide Warning Signs for Youth

Warning signs are indications that someone may be in danger of suicide, either immediately or in the near future. Most people show one or more warning signs, so it is important to know the signs and take them seriously especially if a behavior is new or has increased and if it seems related to a painful event, loss, or change. (
  • Talking about or making plans for suicide.
  • Expressing hopelessness about the future.
  • Displaying severe/overwhelming emotional pain or distress.
  • Showing worrisome behavioral cues or marked changes in behavior, particularly in the presence of the warning signs above. Specifically, this includes significant:
    • Withdrawal from or changing in social connections/situations
    •  Changes in sleep (increased or decreased)
    • Anger or hostility that seems out of character or out of context
    • Recent increased agitation or irritability

The Directing Change team is able to provide suicide prevention resources and programs for your school/campus. Below are the some of the resources available at no cost.   If your school is interested in receiving these, please fill out the prevention program request form

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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