Category Archive: Opportunity and Expression Ideas

Directing Change Program

The Directing Change Program & Film Contest encourages and provides a platform for young people to speak out, openly and honestly about mental health. Studies show that although half of teens who are thinking about suicide tell a friend, fewer than 25 percent of those friends tell an adult. By directing change the young filmmakers encourage their peers to know the warning signs for suicide and give them the knowledge to connect a friend to a trusted adult or resource.

“Directing Change provides young people with an opportunity to use a creative medium like film to start important conversations about mental health among their peers and our future California leaders,” said Dr. Wayne Clark, Executive Director, California Mental Health Services Authority.

 

http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/california-winners-announced-in-youth-film-contest-to-prevent-suicide-and-tackle-mental-health-stigma-among-peers-300274510.html

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Staff facilitate young people’s communication in various ways: verbally, non-verbally or symbolically, through play and the expressive arts, and provide emotional containment so that they can move on emotionally, socially and educationally.

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Breaking down complex problems

Young people value sessions that focus on breaking down their complex problems into a single goal that they can describe and visualise.

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