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The 2018 Directing Change Program & Film Contest Now Open for Submissions

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To schedule a presentation for your class, contact Amy Sturgeon at 530-229-8426. 

The Directing Change Program & Film Contest is an evaluated youth engagement program that challenges students and young people throughout California to learn about the topics of suicide prevention and mental health by creating short films that are used to support awareness, education and advocacy efforts on these topics.

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.

Visit the program website for contest rules, educational resources about suicide prevention and mental health, to view educational videos, and review the submission toolbox:  

Open to students in grades 7-12th and youth between the ages 14 and 25 in partnership with a club, program, organization, college or other agency.

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Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death for teens and young adults. 


Equipping our youth with age-appropriate knowledge about mental health is essential for suicide prevention. We can let our children know that help is available, and that it is OK to ask for it.  Visit our teen resource page for more information on crisis and support lines.  Read on for information about training and educational opportunities. 

New legislation for suicide prevention in schools 

In September 2016, Gov. Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 2246, which requires school districts to implement a suicide prevention, intervention, and post-intervention plan for middle schools and high schools.  The intent is to decrease suicide and suicide attempts among our students by training school staff to recognize the warning signs of suicide and to know what they can do to help a child in crisis. This must be put into practice starting in the 2017-2018 academic year.  

Click here to download the California Department of Education's Model Youth Suicide Prevention Policy (May 9, 2017).  

Questions about your child’s school?  Contact school administration for information on their implementation plan for AB 2246.

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Education and training for school staff

SAMHSA Schools

Preventing Suicide: A Toolkit for High Schools

​A plan for prevention, intervention and post-intervention.

“Assists high schools and school districts in designing and implementing strategies to prevent suicide and promote behavioral health. Includes tools to implement a multi-faceted suicide prevention program that responds to the needs and cultures of students.”

For more information on obtaining the toolkit or for creating a plan for your school, please contact Amy Sturgeon at 530-229-8426.







Model School District Policy on Suicide Prevention

Model Language, Commentary, and Resources

Created from a collaboration of the American School Counselor Association, the National Association of School Psychologists, and The Trevor Project,  The Model School District Policy for Suicide Prevention is a comprehensive guide for implementing suicide prevention in schools. 

You can download your free copy by clicking here.

Model School Policy

Comprehensive Toolkit for SP in Schools

Comprehensive Suicide Prevention Toolkit for Schools

This toolkit covers promoting mental wellness, intervention strategies and post-intervention plans.  

Compiled by:

Shashank V. Joshi,MD,

Mary Ojakian, RN

Linda Lenoir, RN, MSN

Sami Hartley, School Mental Health RA

Erica Weitz, MA




The Lotus Center

Lotus Educational Services – California’s premier agency offering resources and services to students, families, schools and communities throughout the state.


Basic QPR takes 60-90 minutes and is offered free through Shasta County Health and Human Services. Contact Amy Sturgeon at 530-229-8426 to schedule a session for your school staff.​

QPR for School Health Professionals is a 3-4 hour, online expanded  training. Cost is $79 per participant.  Click here for more information.  

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Educational programs for students


More Than Sad

More Than Sad is a Best Practice program that “teaches teens to recognize the signs of depression in themselves and others, challenges the stigma surrounding depression, and demystifies the treatment process.”
To schedule "More Than Sad" for your class, contact Amy Sturgeon at 530-229-8426.


 For more  educational resources, please visit 

The Suicide Prevention Resource Center's Best Practice Registry for school and youth programs.