Directing Change – San Diego Teens Promoting Awareness Through Film

As part of the Directing Change contest, high school students across California submitted 60-second videos about suicide prevention or eliminating stigma about mental illness. The contest was 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, funded through the Mental Health Services Act (formerly known as Prop 63).

Six students from two local San Diego high schools won first place on the regional level, and third place on the statewide level: Lindsay Stevens and Megan Drew from Del Norte High School in the Suicide Prevention category for their video “Tell Someone,” and Antonio Pernicano, Adrian Ross, Luis Tagudar and Kenneth Rizo from San Diego High School of Business in the Eliminating Stigma category for their video “Become a Friend.” Their schools will receive suicide prevention and mental health school-based programs to further prevention efforts on campus.

View their films here:

Adrian, Luis and Kenneth accepting their statewide award at the Directing Change Award Ceremony on May 23, 2013 at the Crest Theater in Sacramento.
Megan and Lindsay holding their trophies at the Directing Change Award Ceremony