Maranatha Students Bring Awareness to Mental Health Through Video

Fifteen Maranatha Psychology students participated in the Directing Change Program & Film Contest which provided a mini-grant to our school!

The Directing Change Program & Film Contest was created to engage youth 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 across the state, in their communities, and on their campuses.

A total of five 60-second films were submitted and two groups of Maranatha students earned Honorable Mention Awards for their submissions:

• Angie Mittilian and Mark D’Leon in the Animated Short category
• Maya Bonk, Mia Casillas, Zoe Sabado, Daniel Latshaw, and Jonathan Jo in the Mental Health Matters category

Psychology teacher Jason Wang said, “Our students were so excited about having an opportunity to use this vehicle on a topic that matters to them and their friends.” The $1500 mini-grant awarded to Maranatha will be used to further educate and promote mental health awareness at school.

You may view films submitted by Maranatha students on Maranatha High School’s Vimeo page HERE. Visit the Directing Change website to learn more about their program.

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