May 30, 2013: On May 23, at an award ceremony in Sacramento, the California Mental Health Services announced the winners of its statewide high school video contest, "Directing Change," last month. Winners:
1st Place: Angel Lopez from Loyola High School in Los Angeles County for “Hey, I’m Allen”
2nd Place: Tataina Samano from Sunland Christian School in Los Angeles County for “The Messages”
3rd Place: Megan Drew and Lindsay Stevens from Del Norte High School in San Diego County for “Tell Someone”
1st Place: Spencer Wilson from Novato High School in Marin County for “Circling Stigma”
2nd Place: Emma Speikerman from Montgomery High School in Sonoma County for “More than a Mental Illness”
3rd Place: Antonio Pernicano, Adrian Ross, Luis Tagudar, and Kenneth Rizo from the San Diego High School of Business in San Diego County for “Become a Friend”
Below, from left, filmmakers Megan Drew and Lindsay Stevens (Del Norte High School, San Diego County; and Spencer Wilson, Novato High School, at the May 23 awards ceremony in Sacramento. Drew and Stevens won third place in the Suicide Prevention category; Wilson won first in Eliminating Stigma.
Some 371 entries (922 students from 142 schools) competed: The full list of regional winners and their videos can be accessed here. (We recommend "The Dig," a first-prize winner from Region 9 (Imperial, Orange, San Diego Counties). Special awards were also given for acting, scriptwriting, and cinematography.
The Directing Change PSA contest is funded by counties through the voter-approved Mental Health Services Act (Prop. 63). It is one of several Prevention and Early Intervention Initiatives implemented by the California Mental Health Services Authority (CalMHSA), an organization of county governments working to improve mental health outcomes for individuals, families and communities. CalMHSA operates services and education programs on a statewide, regional and local basis. For more information, visit http://www.directingchange.org.