California Mental Health Services Authority Invites Public to Vote for Winners of High School Contest

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California residents are invited to cast their votes for their favorite videos submitted by high school students from across the state.

California residents are invited to cast their votes for their favorite videos submitted by high school students from across the state.

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.

High school students throughout California directed change and used their creativity to tackle the important topics of suicide prevention and eliminating stigma about mental illness. Out of 371 sixty-second videos submitted, 24 regional winners advanced to the statewide level of the contest. A judging panel decided on the top three videos in each category. And now it’s up to Californians to vote on the winner in each category.

Voting is open to California residents only. Voting period is from May 1, 2013 through midnight PST May 14, 2013. Automated voting of any kind is not allowed. Detection of said automated voting will lead to votes being voided. One vote per category per person. Voting is tracked by IP Address and only one vote per IP Address will be counted for each category each day.

All winners will be announced and recognized at an award ceremony and press event in Sacramento May 23rd.

Make your vote count for suicide prevention and eliminating stigma and discrimination related to mental illness. VOTE NOW! http://www.directingchange.org/time-to-vote

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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