Resources for Teachers to Help Students with Films


Directing Change PowerPoint Presentation (Download here): This brief presentation is intended to be reviewed by an adult advisor on campus and then shared with students. It is not intended to take the place of a comprehensive suicide prevention or mental health program; instead, it offers a brief overview of suicide prevention and mental health as well as details about the contest.

Classroom Presentation about Suicide PreventionThis PowerPoint presentation can be taught directly to students interested in creating a film about suicide prevention, including films with a focus on culture or animated shorts. This presentation includes examples of winning suicide prevention films, discussion sections about suicide warning signs, and a short storyboarding activity.

Suicide Prevention 101 Prezi PresentationThis suicide prevention 101 presentation is intended to cover the basics of suicide prevention and provide background for films entered into the suicide prevention category.

Educational Videos: The educational videos are films produced by some of the Directing Change Team that discuss various mental health and suicide prevention topics. Its purpose is to provide more information to students and teachers that will help inspire the filmmaking process.

Tips and Resouces for creating a film on your smartphone and/or at home: With most students working on their films at home, here is a list of free filmmaking and editing apps that can be used to create films on a smartphone while at home.

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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