Impact Stories


By submitting films about mental health and suicide prevention to the Directing Change Program and Film Contest, youth and young adults from around the state are learning that they can make a difference and possibly save a life.


Alex Graham and his students at Canyon High School have participated in Directing Change over the past 4 years and created this short video about why Directing Change matters and their experience with participating in the program.


Youth from Riverside and San Bernardino Counties have submitted the most films to our contest each year. Watch youth share how participating in Directing Change has impacted their lives.


Since 2012, over 4000 young people have applied lessons learned about the warning signs for suicide, mental health and how to help themselves or a friend by creating 60-second films about these topics. Check out these videos and learn how your contribution will help us reach a thousand more!


If you are experiencing an emotional crisis, are thinking about suicide or are concerned about a friend, call or text 988 for the Suicide & Crisis Lifeline (24/7)
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.
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