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Ending the Silence on Mental Health:
One Text Message at a Time

 On Thursday, May 7th, get ready for a nationwide Text, Talk, Act!

One in four adults suffer from this in any given year. If it were cancer, diabetes or heart disease, we’d label it an epidemic. The once silent killer has suddenly starting screaming at us everywhere we go. It’s rocking our communities, and it’s affecting our families. “It” is the state of our mental health – and it’s time we all started talking about it. And given that ¾ of all mental health problems begin between the ages of 14 and 24, young people desperately need to have this conversation. But how do you bring up the elephant in the room? And how do you talk about something that’s been left in the shadows for so long?

Right now, across the country, young people are finally having this conversation. Through text messaging, groups of emerging adults are receiving discussion questions to start the conversation, and are given resources to learn how to take care of themselves and how to help a friend in need. These brave young people are ending the silence and taking to social media to encourage others to talk about the elephant in the room.

On Thursday, May 7th, get ready for a nationwide Text, Talk, Act! Thousands of people will be participating and many will participate on behalf of the 10th anniversary of SAMHSA's National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day. Will you participate too? Simply gather your friends, family, and/or neighbors together at any time on May 7th and text START to 89800 for a conversation on mental health.

Anyone, anywhere, at any time can join this vital effort. It’s easy:

1. Gather 3-4 people* and text START to 89800
2. Talk with their group using the text-enable questions
3. Be part of the change

**From Canada? Short codes blocked on your phone?

Use 7785881995

*Don’t have 3-4 peeps with you on May 7?

Join the discussion on Twitter using #TextTalkAct

Can't join on May 7th?

Groups that can’t join the nationwide discussion on May 7th can host a Text, Talk, Act event any time from now through the end of May. Simply text START to 89800 to begin.**

For those groups that can't participate on May 7th, Text, Talk, Act will be open during all of April and May. Anyone, at anytime, from anywhere, can participate in Text, Talk, Act by texting START to 89800   

Want to Win Cash Prizes for Your School?

To encourage the conversation, participants can win prizes for themselves or their schools/community organizations.Register to organize Text, Talk, Act events on April 14th and/or May 7th and you could win one of 5 $1,000 prizes for your high school, college or non-profit community organization*)! Get details. 

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This initiative was developed in concert with Creating Community Solutions, part of the National Dialogue on Mental Health, Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation, The National Institute for Civil Discourse, Everyday Democracy, Active Minds, American Association of Suicidology, National Alliance on Mental Health, the National Campus Leadership Council, Crisis Text Line and La Frontera Arizona.

Information provided by:
Raquel Goodrich
Director of Digital Communications & Social Media Strategy
National Institute for Civil Discourse
Creating Community Solutions

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