San Diego 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 to youth ages 12-24
  • Deadline: Last day of the month
  • Free to participate
  • Amazon Gift Cards (up to $300)
  • All art forms accepted (visual art, film, written works, TikTok, original music and more)
  • Selected submissions featured on social media and virtual art gallery
  • For additional information or to enter the contest, visit the contest page.

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

“Hope is a Verb”


Rancho Minerva Middle School

Filmmaker: Jazmin Guzman


News and Awards

San Diego County Students Recognized for Mental health and Suicide Prevention Achievements

The Directing Change Program & Film Contest announced the 2022 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.