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This summer #TalkAboutMore. When a friend tells you “I’m Fine” but you suspect that isn’t true, dig deeper and get the full story. Talk about mental health and if you are really concerned about a friend, learn the warning signs for suicide and how to get help for yourself, a friend, or family member.

Red Flag Be a Friend A Fighting Chance
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Stronger Together Behind the Smile Dear Best Friend
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Get involved:

  1. Vote on and share your favorite 60-second films by Los Angeles County youth about mental health and suicide prevention. The filmmakers with the most votes will receive a prize.
  2. Go to the movies (anywhere in LA County between May 4 and July 15) and if you see one of these films during the previews on screen take a picture and share it with us! @directingchange #talkaboutmore
  3. Compete in our fun summer #talkaboutmore challenges:

Summer Challenges (this round ends July 15, 2018)

Twitter Share Challenge: Pick and share your favorite of the three films and you could win a summer of movies with a friend! Follow @DirectChangeCA, share a film and tag us in the post to be entered in a drawing for three months of MoviePass for you and a friend! Tag a friend in your post, along with @DirectChangeCA, and get a second entry into the drawing. Drawing will occur on July 16th.

Instagram Challenge #2: Tell your friends how much they mean to you and win an Amazon gift card! This summer we are challenging people to look past the “I’m fine”s and “It’s not a big deal”s and instead #talkaboutmore. Our next instagram challenge is to reflect on who is important in your life and who has helped your mental health. Record a short video telling your friend/family member/neighbor/anyone! how they have supported you and your mental health and you could win a $50 Amazon gift card. To be eligible, you have to be following us @DirectingChange, tag us in your picture (reminder: your account has to be public), and include the hashtag #talkaboutmore! The winning video will be announced via our social media page after July 15th and will be shared with all of our followers. Bonus points for telling us how they dug deeper to talk about more to help someone’s mental health. Good luck!

Warning Signs

If you are experiencing an emotional crisis, are thinking about suicide or are concerned about a friend call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline immediately: 1-800-273-8255This is a free 24-hour hotline.
The contest is part of Each Mind Matters: California's Mental Health Movement and 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. The program is implemented by Your Social Marketer, Inc.
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