Riverside County

Directing Change is an evaluated suicide prevention and mental health program with the mission to educate young people about critical health topics through art and promote social justice and health by changing conversations in schools and communities.
Monthly Art and Film Contest
  • Open TK to ages 25 in Riverside County
  • Deadline: Last day of the month
  • Free to participate
  • All art forms accepted (visual art, film, written works, TikTok, original music and more)
  • Entries qualify for local prizes and recogniztions for Riverside County students and youth as part of Mental Health Matters Month activities sponsored by the Riverside County University Health Systems and Riverside County Office of Education.
  • In addition, all entries are entered into the statewide contest as well and can win additional prizes.  (There is one entry form for both!)
  • Deadline for  “Dear Me” Art and Film Contest May 31, 2022

For contest rules and information view the English flyer or the Spanish flyer. Enter here

Monthly Prompt

Submission Categories: Hope, Justice, or Monthly Prompt

Submit to Contest
Annual Film Contest
  • Open to Middle, High School and College Students (12-25)
  • Deadline: March 1, 2022
  • Free to participate
  • Cash prizes for youth (up to $1000)
  • Regional winners advance to statewide round of judging
  • Award Ceremony in May

Submission Categories


  • Suicide Prevention
  • Mental Health
  • Through the Lens of Culture
  • Walk in Our Shoes
  • Animated Short
  • Hope and Justice

“New Beginning”


Heritage High School

Filmmaker: Genesis Morales


News and Awards

Riverside County Students Recognized for Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Achievements

The Directing Change Program & Film Contest announced the regional finalists in the 10th annual student contest encouraging young people to create short films and about suicide prevention and mental health.  First place finalists advanced to a statewide round of judging and statewide winners will be announced at the virtual award ceremony on May 17 at 7 PM. 

  • First Place Suicide Prevention (Region 2): Eleanor Roosevelt High School “The Light in the Darkness” (Advancing to statewide round of judging)
  • Second Place Suicide Prevention (Region 2): Eleanor Roosevelt High School “Dear Diary” (Team Pick – Advancing to statewide round of judging)
  • Third Place Suicide Prevention – TIED (Region 2): Murrieta Valley High School “Breaking Your Trust” (Team Pick – Advancing to statewide round of judging)
  • Second Place Mental Health Matters (Region 2): Ramona High School“Not an Adjective” (Team pick – Advancing to statewide round of judging)
  • Third Place Mental Health Matters (Region 2): Eleanor Roosevelt High School “First Step”

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Statewide Winners Announced in Annual Directing Change Film Contest

Statewide winners in the Through the Lens of Culture, Hope & Justice, Animated Short and Walk in Our Shoes categories were announced by the Directing Change Program & Film Contest!

  • First Place Through the Lens of Culture: Polytechnic High School “Solitude” (Recognized at Award Ceremony)
  • Second Place Through the Lens of Culture: Murrieta Valley High School “El Secreto”
  • Third Place Through the Lens of Culture: Valley View High School “Vergüenza”
  • Fifth Place Through the Lens of Culture – TIED: Ramona High School “Transposed”
  • First Place Hope & Justice – Hope – TIED: David A Brown Middle School “White Noise” (Recognized at Award Ceremony)
  • Second Place Hope & Justice – Hope: David A Brown Middle School “Redefined Hope”
  • Fifth Place Animated Short – TIED: Eleanor Roosevelt High School “Out to Sea”
  • Fourth Place Walk in Our Shoes – The Superhero in Each of Us: Mountain View Middle School “Basketball Hero”
  • Third Place Walk in Our Shoes – What is Mental Health & Words Matter – TIED: David A Brown Middle School “Unfiltered”
  • Fourth Place Walk in Our Shoes – What is Mental Health & Words Matter: David A Brown Middle School “Consider The Following”

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Take Action for Mental Health

“Dear Me” Art Contest for Riverside County students.

All grades. All art forms. Submissions from Riverside County students to the regular Hope and Justice monthly art contest qualify for special recognitions and prizes. Offered in partnership by Riverside County University Health Systems and Riverside County Office of Education. Deadline May 31, 2022. To learn more view the English Flyer or the Spanish Flyer.