Youth Direct Change Through Film

The Directing Change Program and Film Contest invites youth ages 14–25 and students in grades 7–12 to submit 60-second public service announcements to change conversations about mental health, suicide prevention, and culture in their schools and communities. Young people can win cash prizes and are recognized at an annual red-carpet award ceremony. Visit for contest rules and to view films.

“The biggest way in which making our film impacted us is the conversations it opened up. Through the backdrop of filmmaking and image recognition, me and my friends had some serious talks about the subject of suicide, its effect on our generation, and the effects it has had on each of us personally.” – Student

“Everybody needs help at some point in their lives. I realized how important it is to eliminate the stigma behind mental health and to encourage others to open up the dialogue with their friends, families, and colleagues. Especially with what has been going on lately in the country, I think there is no better time to advocate for this open dialogue and for everyone to realize that mental health is just as important as physical health.” – Student