Directing Change Program: PSA Submission Deadline is February 1, 2015

Last Year’s Ceremony

The Directing Change Student Video program is a statewide competition where high school and UC students take action against suicide and end the stigma of mental illness by creating 60-second public service announcements. Directing Change is part of statewide efforts to prevent suicide, reduce stigma and discrimination related to mental illness, and to promote the mental health and wellness of students.  The submission deadline for the 2014-2015 school year is February 1st, 2015. Visit for more details.

A total of 432 films, representing 996 students from 112 high schools and 9 University of California campus locations and 31 counties, were received during the 2013-2014 school year.  DVDs of the 2013-2014 finalists are available upon request while supplies last.  For more details, contact Lauren Hee at or 916-567-0163.  All PSAs are also available for download at

Please watch for all NAMI California education programs trainings for fiscal year 2014-2015 to be posted soon in this Weekly News Report

See also Family Programs blog for updates, news etc. 

Send inquiries to:

NAMI California Office:  916-567-0163 

Jump Start Fellowship Program Deadline Extended to July 11, 2014

California State University, Dominguez Hills

California State University, Dominguez Hills (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Jump Start is a 12 weeks, full time fellowship program for individuals who are interested in working in the adult community mental health field. The program is open to graduates with a Bachelor’s degree (or higher) in any field.

Participants will be trained in the classroom and in the field where they gain first hand experience during an assigned internship.

Classes are Mondays and Fridays from 9 AM – 3 PM at CSU Dominguez Hills and MHA Village. Internships are Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays for an 8 hour day.

Jump Start Session 16
September 15 – December 5, 2014

Now accepting applications for Fall 2014 session
Extended application deadline to

Friday, July 11 at 5 PM
(To find out more information on how to apply, visit Application)

Ending the Silence of Mental Illness in High School

From NAMI blog

By Colleen Duewel, NAMI Director of Education

I am delighted to announce that NAMI has added NAMI Ending the Silence as a signature education program.NAMI Ending the Silence is an in-school presentation about mental health designed for high school students. Students can learn about mental illness directly from the family members and individuals living with mental illness themselves.

Although only a short, 50 minute presentation, NAMI Ending the Silence is effective at raising awareness, encouraging early identification and intervention and giving a human face to mental illness. By providing a realistic view of recovery and starting a dialog with the students, this program removes the fear and mystery that is often the result of the silence surrounding what can feel like a scary topic.

The goal of this program is to create a generation of students that are well-positioned to eradicate the stigma associated with mental illness through education, support and advocacy. In NAMI Ending the Silence, presenters are trained to “share” as opposed to “teach” the material. The tone set with this attitude is critical. Presenters talk to the students, not at them. They make eye contact with the individual students, chat with them upon entering the classroom and hang around after class is over to visit briefly. As a result, students realize that NAMI Ending the Silence presenters really care about them.

In the presentation, students learn about the signs and symptoms of mental illness, recovery and coping strategies, how to help friends, how to reduce stigma and other important topics that can help spread awareness and knowledge of mental illness.

For the rest of this article, visit NAMI blog.