Approximately 20 percent of youth ages 13 to 18 experience mental disorders in a given year and 103 youth in California died by suicide each year.
Directing Change is a student video contest that is part of a statewide effort funded by the Mental Health Services Act to prevent suicide, reduce stigma and promote student mental wellness. Participating students create 60-second public service announcements for suicide prevention and for ending the silence about mental illness by educating the public about stigma, suicide warning signs, words to use to offer help to someone you are concerned about and resources that are available. There were a total of 432 Directing Change submissions, representing 996 students from 112 high schools and 9 UC campuses and 31 counties were received.
Congratulations to Contest Winners and Finalists!
"Hey Taylor" Canyon High School Student Names: Kimberly Stratton, Stephen Garcia, Cassidy Foelsch and Nicholas Jackson Advisor Name: Alex Graham
"Through the Tunnel" San Juan Hills High School Student Names: Will D’Epagnier Advisor Name: Brian Devaney
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