Metta World Peace of LA Lakers to Judge Student Suicide Prevention Video Contest

Metta World Peace, formerly known as Ron Artest, star forward for the Los Angeles Lakers leads the roster of judges for the statewide high school student video contest called Directing Change.

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It’s really great to see that California high school kids have the opportunity to participate in the important issues of mental health and suicide prevention. I am proud that I can play a role in this contest.

San Diego, CA (PRWEB) January 24, 2013

Metta World Peace, formerly known as Ron Artest, star forward for the Los Angeles Lakers leads the roster of judges for the statewide high school student video contest called Directing Change. 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 are invited to “Direct Change” by submitting 60-second public service announcements in two categories: suicide prevention and eliminating stigma about mental illness. Deadline to submit video entries is March 1, 2013.

Also on the list of judges is well-known San Diego chef and restaurateur, Brian Malarkey. Malarkey owns and operates six restaurants across San Diego County, including Searsucker, Burlap, Herringbone, Gabardine, Gingham and Campine. He will appear as a judge on ABC’s show new ‘The Taste’ and was a former contestant on Bravo’s hit show ‘Top Chef.’

“It’s really great to see that California high school kids have the opportunity to participate in the important issues of mental health and suicide prevention,” said World Peace. “I am proud that I can play a role in this contest and I can’t wait to see what the kids create.”

Mr. World Peace has been a mental health advocate for many years, and was even awarded the 2010–11 J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award for “outstanding service and dedication to the community” and for raising awareness and funds for mental health issues by the Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

Do you have expertise or interest in directing, writing, editing, acting, journalism, public service announcements, video production, suicide prevention and/or mental health? If so, recruiting for judges is still in full swing. To register as a judge or to get more information email Jana Sczersputowski at jana(at)directingchange(dot)org or call 858-740-4381. Visit the campaign website for contest rules and information.

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.calmhsa.org.


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