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Directing Change Program & Film Contest

The Directing Change Program & Film Contest encourages students and young adults to learn about suicide prevention and mental health by creating short films. The films are used to support awareness and education on these topics.

Who can participate? 

  • Students in grades 7-12.
  • Young adults, ages 18-25, in partnership with a club, program, organization, college or other agency.

Contest winners are offered cash prizes and the chance to join an award ceremony. Visit the Directing Change website for contest rules and suicide prevention resources.

Directing Change is supported by the California Department of Education and offers trainings and technical assistance to districts and schools to meet the requirements of AB 2246, a law that requires schools serving grades 7-12 to implement suicide prevention policies.

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Never a Bother

The Never a Bother campaign is a youth suicide prevention awareness and outreach campaign for youth, young adults, and their parents, caregivers, and allies.

Visit the Never a Bother website to learn how you can support yourself, a friend, or a youth in your care before, during, and after a crisis. Never a Bother is a campaign funded by CDPH, as part of the state’s Children, Youth, and Behavioral Health Initiative (CYBHI).

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Shasta County Directing Change Contest Participants

Congratulations to the students from Redding School of the Arts who were selected as one of the regional winners for the 2023 contest: Krystina Saubel, Kea Disney, Eva Franceschini, Mona Harrington, and Annika Franco. Check out their film, Conversations.

If you would like to create a 60 second video about suicide prevention or mental health, visit the Directing Change website.

For contest information and to view films from previous winners, visit Directing Change.

NAMI Teen & Young Adult HelpLine​

The Teen & Young Adult (T&YA) HelpLine is a FREE, nationwide peer-support service for teens and young adults. It provides a safe space for young people to connect with peers who understand their struggles.

The T&YA HelpLine Specialists are young adults with firsthand knowledge of mental health challenges. They are experienced, well-trained and available by phone, text or chat to provide resources and guidance. No teen or young adult needs to go through their mental health struggles alone.

The Teen & Young Adult HelpLine is available Monday – Friday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. ET. Call the T&YA HelpLine at 800-950-6264, text “Friend” to 62640, or select “Chat with us” at NAMI.org/talktous to connect with a HelpLine Specialist.

The Trevor Project

The Trevor Project provides mental health and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer or questioning (LGBTQ+) youth.

If you are struggling with emotional pain and/or thoughts of suicide, the Trevor Project is here for you!

Call 866-488-7386 or text 678-678 if you need support. Visit The Trevor Project for more information.

Shasta County Teen Centers

The Redding and Anderson Teen Centers offer a variety of fun activities for youth, ages 13-17 (and 18 if still enrolled in high school). Teen Center programs support teens’ growth, wellbeing and decision-making skills.

The Redding Teen Center

2981 Churn Creek Rd.
Redding, CA 96003
(530) 242-2020
Redding Teen Center Website

The Anderson Teen Center

2889 East Center St.
Anderson, CA 96007
(530) 365-9021
Anderson Teen Center Website

Crisis And Help Lines​

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Organization Contact Number
988 Suicide and Crisis LifelineText or call 988
Veterans Crisis LineCall 988 then Press 1
Deaf and Hard of HearingUse the American Sign Language or online chat feature on 988lifeline.org OR dial 711 then 988 for teletypewriter (TTY) users.
The Crisis Text LineText HOME to 741741
The Trevor Project866-488-7386
The Trans Lifeline877-565-8860
Shasta County Mental Health Services Access Team530-225-5252 / Toll Free: 888-385-5201
California Peer-Run Warm Line (non-crisis support)855-600-9276
Friendship Line California888-670-1360
California Youth Crisis Line800-843-5200
Teen Line (Teen-to-Teen Hotline)800-852-8336 or text TEEN to 839863
Your Life, Your Voice (Hotline for kids, teens, and young adults)800-448-3000
Disaster Distress Helpline800-985-5990
National Child Abuse Hotline800-422-4453
National Dating Abuse Helpline866-331-9474
National Runaway Safeline800-786-2929
Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network (RAINN)800-656-4673
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA) Treatment and Referral Information Helpline800-662-4357