California Mental Health Services Authority Announces Regional Winners of Statewide High School Video Contest

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The Regional Winners of ‘Directing Change,’ a statewide student video contest to prevent suicide and change minds about mental illness, have been chosen.

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Competition aims to engage youth in reducing suicide among high schoolers.

The Regional Winners of ‘Directing Change,’ a statewide student video contest to prevent suicide and change minds about mental illness, have been chosen.

The contest 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.

Three hundred seventy-one submissions, representing 922 students from 142 schools were received. Participating high school students competed regionally by submitting 60 second videos in two categories (suicide prevention and eliminating stigma about mental illness.) Competing counties lie within one of 11 regions in the state as defined by the California County Superintendents Educational Services (CCSESA).

Winning students come from the following Counties:

Butte, Contra Costa, El Dorado, Fresno, Inyo, Los Angeles, Marin, Monterrey, Napa, Orange, Placer, Riverside, Sacramento, San Diego, San Luis Obispo, Santa Clara, Solano, Sonoma, Tulare, and Yolo.

All submissions were judged by volunteer experts in mental health and suicide prevention, members of the media and professionals in film making and video production. All videos were judged according to recommendations and best practices in the fields of mental health and suicide prevention.

First place regional winners now advance to a second round of statewide judging and will be narrowed down to the top three finalists in each category. Finalists will advance to a third round of judging where the public will vote online for their favorites. All winners will be announced and recognized at an award ceremony and press event in Sacramento May 23rd.

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.

To view the full list of the Regional Winners and their winning videos, visit http://www.directingchange.org/directing-change-regional-winners/.

Editor’s Note: Representatives and students from the winning schools are available for interviews and comments.

About Directing Change

The Directing Change PSA contest is funded by counties through the voter-approved Mental Health Services Act (Prop. 63). It is one of several Prevention and Early Intervention Initiatives implemented by the California Mental Health Services Authority (CalMHSA), an organization of county governments working to improve mental health outcomes for individuals, families and communities. CalMHSA operates services and education programs on a statewide, regional and local basis. For more information, visit http://www.directingchange.org.

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