May is Mental Health Matters Month

Mental Health Matters Month is a great time for young people to Take Action for Mental Health! This Activity Guide provides ideas for youth-led mental health events and activities.  And whether you are a youth, educator or a parent, take some time for journaling, coloring and deep breathing activities from the Mental Health Thrival Kit. More activities and resources can be found in the Take Action for Mental Health Toolkit.

  • Take Action for Mental Health and learn how you can check-in with yourself and others and get support for mental health. Visit to learn more.
  • Complete a Mental Health Spirit Day Activity by Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day on May 11th and win a pizza party! Young people ages 12-25, schools and organizations are eligible to participate. Download Flyer.
  • .  Paint, write or sing about  changes you hope to see in yourself or in your community when it comes to mental health and acceptance of young people who are experiencing a mental health challenge.  The lime green ribbon is a symbol of mental health and should be incorporated in your submission in a creative way! Deadline May 31, 2023! For more information view flyer and visit:  LINK TO MONTHLY PROMPT PAGE
  • View Films and Vote!  We are once again hosting a People’s Choice Award.  Watch all the statewide finalists in Suicide Prevention and Mental Health Matters and vote for your favorite!  Then share your favorite films on social media. Make sure to tag Directing Change – each share will result in a donation by one of our sponsors!  Voting Opens April 17, 2023.
  • Save the Date for our 11th annual red-carpet Screening and Awards Ceremony hosted at the Theatre at Ace Hotel in downtown Los Angeles County on May 16 at 11 a.m. RSVP opens on March 30, 2023.
  • Share short films about mental health created by youth across California on social media, during events or presentations, on your website, or as part of awareness campaigns.  Short (60-second) films can be downloaded for free here.  LINK TO USE OF FILMS PAGE
  • And last but not least- stay connected! Sign up for our newsletter for events, updates and volunteer opportunities. 

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