You don't become what you want, you become what you believe.

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Shreya speaking on mental health panel – USC Wallis Annenberg Hall 2022

Caleb Williams Talks Mental Health | Seize the Awkward

Star USC quarterback Caleb Williams partners with the Seize the Awkward campaign to encourage young people to check in with their peers and have open conversations about mental health. Co-directed by Shreya Ranganathan. This student-produced PSA is a collaboration between the Ad Council, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, The Jed Foundation, Caleb Cares Foundation, and the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. Williams shares that he hopes everyone sees “the importance of supporting your friends and what a huge difference that can make in someone’s life.”

For resources and conversation starters to talk with friends about mental health visit and follow @SeizeTheAwkward on Instagram.

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Watch this!

I co-directed a nationwide mental health PSA with USC Quarterback Caleb Williams, AdCouncil, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and JED! The PSA aired on ESPN and was covered by news outlets such as Bleacher Report, USA Today,  USC Annenberg Media and more. The goal: erase the stigma surrounding mental health conversations among students. Instead, we  Seize the Awkward! Check it out!

Mental Health Panel and PSA Premiere

About Shreya 

Shreya is a proud South Asian American multimedia journalist,  director and filmmaker based in Los Angeles, CA. She is interested in mental health storytelling within the arts, culture and wellness spaces. Diversity, equity and inclusion continue to be her compass. She has experience in short and long-form print, audio and visual scripted and unscripted narratives. Her mission: uplift the stories of underrepresented communities and help more individuals heal by finding the “me” in media.