Directing Change

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Directing Change is part of Oklahoma’s statewide efforts to prevent suicide, reduce stigma and discrimination related to mental illness and to promote the mental health and wellness of students. This initiative is hosted by the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, in cooperation with local community wellness coalitions and behavioral health providers.  There is no fee for participation.

Directing Change is funded by the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services with support from federal grant number 1U79SM061736-01, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. To learn more about suicide prevention efforts in Oklahoma, please visit the Suicide Prevention and Early Intervention page at, or click here.

The Directing Change Program and Film Contest was launched as a demonstration initiative as part of Each Mind Matters: California’s Mental Health Movement funded by the Mental Health Services Act (Proposition 63) and administered by the California Mental Health Services Authority (CalMHSA), an organization of county governments working to improve mental health outcomes for individuals, families, and communities.  The program was created by and has been implemented since 2013 by Your Social Marketer, Inc. As of December 20, 2017 the Directing Change Program and Film Contest is a nonprofit organization.  For more information visit:


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If you are experiencing an emotional crisis, are thinking about suicide or are concerned about a friend call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline immediately: 1-800-273-8255This is a free 24-hour hotline.
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