Teens and Young Adults


Need to talk to someone now?  

The Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week for confidential support.  

Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

Directing Change Program & Film Contest

Directing Change

For questions or assistance, contact 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.

Open to students in grades 7-12th and young adults through age 25 in partnership with a club, program, organization, college or other agency, Directing Change is free to participate and offers cash prizes to contest winners. 

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


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Whether there is a teen in your life going through a difficult time, or you're a teen struggling with feelings of hopelessness, help is available.  You are not alone.  This page is dedicated to resources available for teens and young adults and includes links that can help you to:

  • Recognize the signs of someone who may be considering suicide
  • Reach out to and support someone in crisis
  • Get connected with services that can help you or your loved one get better 


Are you a teacher, academic administrator or other school staff?  Click here



teen girl in crowdCrisis and Help Lines

Help, Inc.: Shasta County's local crisis help line: 530-244-2222

National Dating Abuse Helpline: 1-866-331-9474

National Runaway Safeline: 1-800-RUNAWAY (1-800-786-2929)

Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network (RAINN): 1-800-656-HOPE (4673)

Teen Line: Teen-to-teen hotline: 1-800-852-8336

The Child Helpline (child abuse helpline): 1-800-4-A-CHILD (1-800-422-4453

The Crisis Text Line: Text LISTEN to 741741

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

The Trevor Project: 1-866-4-U-TREVOR (488-7386).

Youth Helpline – Your Life, Your Voice: 1-800-448-3000

Crisis Text for Deaf and Hard of Hearing: Text HEARME to 839863

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Have you been a victim of sexual assault?  Not sure?  Resources are available to help you.  

Rape Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN):

The nation's largest anti-sexual violence network. RAINN has created programs designed to prevent sexual violence and help victims.  For 24/7, confidential help and support, call 1-800-656-HOPE (4673).

What is considered sexual assault?

How do I know if I need to see a doctor?


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    Congratulations to this year’s Directing Change Contest Winners and Finalists!

If you would like to create a 60 second video about Suicide Prevention or Mental Health Awareness, stay tuned for more information about next year's Directing Change Film Contest.

For more information, and to view films from previous winners, visit DirectingChange.org

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               "The Missing Pieces"

Congratulations Zach Osterday, Eddie De Avila and Owen Castagnoli for their work on Shasta County's first Directing Change entry, "The Missing Pieces" 

2017 State Region 5 Honorable Mention


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The Alex Project card for CTLCrisis Text Line    The Crisis Text Line

         Available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week for  confidential support.  

Text LISTEN to 741741 to speak to someone who can  help.    








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What is The Trevor Project?


The Trevor Project provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth.  

If you are struggling with emotional pain and/or thoughts of suicide, the Trevor Project is here for you!  

Visit thetrevorproject.org or call 1-866-488-7386 any time, day or night.

Shasta County Teen Centers:

The Redding Teen Center is a program of  Pathways to Hope for Children (Child Abuse Prevention Coordinating Council). Teenagers between 13 and 17 are welcome, and there is no shortage of amenities to keep them engaged:

  • Ping pong
  • Foosball
  • Music corner
  • Art studio
  • Gaming room

For updates and events, follow them on Facebook.

The Anderson Teen Center is a program of  Pathways to Hope for Children (Child Abuse Prevention Coordinating Council), and provides many educational and fun activities for teens. Activities include:

  • Arts and Crafts
  • Basketball
  • Cooking
  • Music
  • Martial Arts

For updates and events, follow them on Facebook.