Youth Creating Change was founded on the idea that stories are one of the most powerful tools for elevating conversations around critical health topics, changing norms, challenging harmful perceptions, and inspiring action toward more inclusive environments. When crafted with care and completed with authentic writing and characters, movies, shows, and other media can open hearts and minds to change – and can help people feel less alone.

Annual Messaging Awards

Youth Creating Change recognizes content and creators that do an exemplary job of elevating conversations about mental health and suicide prevention annually, driven by the conviction that celebrating incredible storytelling is worthwhile and can have a positive influence on audiences, inspiring them to improve their own self-care, reach out for help, support others, and spread vital awareness in their communities.

Every year Youth Creating Change, as part of our Directing Change Film Contest, recognizes content, shows, documentaries, and movies with outstanding messaging around mental health and suicide prevention.