About

The Directing Change Program launched in 2012 and is a suicide prevention and mental health promotion program that draws on developmental and educational theory in its approach. By following the program’s submission guidelines to create short films, narratives or art projects, students and young people learn about suicide prevention, mental health and other social justice and critical health topics; discuss and apply that knowledge in peer groups; and communicate positive, youth-focused, action-oriented messages to peers and adults in their communities. The program is free and supported by the California Department of Education.   For more information visit: www.DirectingChangeCA.org

The Hope and Justice initiative launched during the 2020-2021 school year to give young people who were living through history a chance to express their thoughts and process their feelings around critical health topics such as mental health, suicide prevention, creative ways to measure 6-feet social distancing, their reasons for wearing a face covering, the changes they hoped to see in their community, and more.  These young artists embraced this space, giving us a glimpse into what was happening in the world through their eyes and hearts.   A selection of these youth-produced works of art have been curated into a virtual gallery featuring art, written works and films.

Thank you!  We can’t do this work without your support.

Directing Change is a non-profit organization (501 c3) and is funded by government grants, foundations, as well as corporate sponsors and individual donations.  The program 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. 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. 

Art Gallery Sponsorships Available

$250 sponsorship opportunities are available!  Select your favorite art piece, written work or film from the gallery.  Your organization name and logo, URL and one sentence description of your choice will be added.