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Each Mind Matters & Directing Change Awards Show

Directing Change Program & Film Contest

The Directing Change Program & Film Contest is part of Each Mind Matters: California’s Mental Health Movement. The program offers young people the exciting opportunity to participate in the movement by creating 60-second films about suicide prevention and mental health that are used to support awareness, education and advocacy efforts on these topics. Learning objectives surrounding mental health and suicide prevention are integrated into the submission categories of the film contest, giving young people the opportunity to critically explore these topics. Program participants – whether they are making a film, acting as an adult advisor, or judging the films – are exposed to appropriate messaging about these topics, warning signs, how to appropriately respond to someone in distress, where to seek help, as well as how to stand up for others who are experiencing a mental health challenge.

Celebrity Appearances

Each Mind Matters partnered with the Directing Change Program brought together many celebrities from acts of film and TV to spread awareness of the mission. Appearances included but were not limited to Brett Davern, Gavin Macintosh, Naomi Grossman, Raphael Sbarge, Eric Close, Lakefield Stanfield, & Meredith O'connor.

Each Mind Matters Mission & Key Messages

Each Mind Matters is California’s Mental Health Movement. We are millions of individuals and thousands of organizations working to advance mental health. We all have mental health, and as with our physical health, sometimes we are doing well and other times we could use some help. In fact, 50 percent of us will experience a mental health challenge in our lifetime. Each Mind Matters reinforces that no one is alone in this experience and that it’s okay to seek support. Mental health challenges are very common. Yet research shows that many people do not reach out, particularly young people who wait an average of 6 to 8 years from onset of symptoms before they get help. Each Mind Matters creates supportive communities that encourage anyone and everyone to get help when it’s needed. People recover from mental illness all the time. With support and treatment, between 70 and 90 percent of individuals report reduced symptoms and improved quality of life. Everyone experiencing a mental health challenge deserves the opportunity to live a healthy, happy and meaningful life. People can and do get better, and by talking openly and honestly about mental health we make that possible. Speak up, reach out, share the facts and encourage others to join the movement at Each Mind Matters.

The Venue @ The Alex Theatre

For more than 80 years, Glendale’s Alex Theatre has been the centerpiece of the City’s arts, culture and community programming. The Theatre’s diverse schedule boosts roughly 250 events and attracts more than 130,000 patrons per year. Program offerings range from classical, contemporary and world music concerts, to film screenings, live theatre and stand-up comedy. In addition, the Alex Theatre also hosts award shows, fundraisers and a variety of other special events and frequently serves as a location for television, commercial and film productions. Check out the venue at Alex Theatre Website

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  1. May 30, 2016 - Reply

    Great Work

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