Thank you to our Partners and Supporters
A big thank you to our Mental Health Thrival Kit Sponsors. These individuals, businesses, and organizations believe youth mental health matters. We are grateful for their sponsorship, and belief in our mission.
California Counties and the Mental Health Services Act: 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 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. For more information visit: www.calmhsa.org
Your Social Marketer: Your Social Marketer dreamed up the Directing Change Program and Contest in 2011 and has had the privilege of implementing the program since then. Your Social Marketer supports Directing Change with (mostly) passion for social justice, but also in-kind hours and financial support.
Blue Shield of California: Blue Shield of California BlueSky Initiative enhances access, awareness and advocacy of youth mental health supports in collaboration with the California Department of Education and leading nonprofit organizations. BlueSky supports California youth mental health by providing access to clinicians in middle and high schools, training educators on the signs of mental health concerns and empowering students with in-person and online mental health support resources. Read BlueSky’s article about Directing Change here.
Survivors of Suicide Loss: Survivors of Suicide Loss (SOSL) reaches out to and supports people who have lost a loved one to suicide. Directing Change and SOSL are partnering to put on the 15th Annual Walk in Remembrance with Hope in Balboa Park (6th and Laurel) on September 12th, 2021. Please join us as we walk in memory of a loved one and raise awareness about suicide prevention. Hope is just a step away. Learn more here!
Kognito: Kognito is a health simulation company that believes in the power of conversation to change lives. The role-play simulations for professional development and student curriculum prepare educators, school health staff and students to lead real-life conversations that improve social, emotional and physical health. Kognito is the only company with health simulations listed in the National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP). View a free demo. For the 2018 implementation year Kognito sponsored a portion of the cash prizes for the new Animated Short -Suicide Prevention category.
Directing Change partners with other suicide prevention and mental health programs and many of them donate programs to participating schools-thank you!
Meredith O’Connor: Meredith is a singer and rising teen pop star who recently toured the world speaking to youth about her own experience overcoming bullying and other obstacles. Meredith and Directing Change have joined together to offer musical and educational performances to counties throughout California. Meredith rose to fame when her first song “Celebrity” went viral on YouTube seeing over two million views within the first two months of its release. It became a radio favorite, and increased her fan base first established by her anti bullying platform. Her music encourages teens to be inclusive and tolerant of one another’s differences and her anti bullying songs and music videos such as “The Game” and “Just The Thing” have changed the lives of victims of bullying. Meredith now dedicates her time to touring schools throughout the nation advocating for mental health and is excited to partner with the Directing Change program. For more information visit: http://meredithoconnormusic.com/
Online Film School Boot Camp: Since the first year of the contest, Online Film School Boot Camp and its’ founder, Director Trent Duncan, have provided overwhelming support to Directing Change. Directing Change would like to thank Online Film School Boot Camp for providing free memberships to student filmmakers in Directing Change, and a special thank you to Mr. Duncan for his continued support as a judge in the contest.
Bring Change to Mind High School: Bring Change to Mind High School is a high school program dedicated to erasing the stigma of mental illness by developing educational programs, fostering student empowerment, building mentoring opportunities, and providing a research baseline designed to empower youth to change the perception of mental health in their schools and communities. Bring Change to Mind is enthusiastic about partnering with the Directing Change program as they roll out Let’s Bring Change to Mind Clubs in high schools. In partnership with Directing Change, one of the encouraged club activities will be participation in the program by submitting a film and using the films to raise awareness about mental health on campus. To learn more visit: http://bringchange2mind.org/
Dallas Pugh Foundation: Directing Change is grateful to the Dallas Pugh Foundation for their generous and continued support. Not only has the Dallas Pugh Foundation supported the award ceremony that was hosted in San Diego in 2017, but their board members have taken the time to participate as judges since the first year of the contest, promote the program, and generously support the program financially. The Dallas Pugh Foundation was established to prepare today’s youth and young adults for complicated decisions and life experiences. They are committed to educating all youth by embracing standards of positive thinking, helping others and not being afraid to ask for help. Directing Change is excited to continue working with the Dallas Pugh Foundation for many years to come to raise awareness about mental health and suicide prevention for our youth. For more information visit: http://dallaspughfoundation.org/