As part of the National Dialogue on Mental Health, the Toolkit for Community Conversations About Mental Health has been released. The toolkit, developed by SAMHSA (Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration), can be downloaded for your use in convening a community conversation on mental health. The toolkit includes three documents: an Information Brief, a Discussion Guide, and a Planning Guide. You may also consider using the sample messages below in your social media outlets:
- Interested in hosting a convo in your community on #mentalhealthmatters? Get started with @SAMHSAgov’s toolkit: http://1.usa.gov/15tbXQk.
- 1/2 of adult mental health problems begin before age 14. It’s #OK2Talk. See @SAMHSAgov resources-1.usa.gov/15tbXQk. #mentalhealthmatters
- An estimated 19.6 percent of Americans ages 18 and older — about one in five adults — will experience a mental health problem this year. For information on hosting a conversation about mental health issues in your community, visit http://1.usa.gov/13wB976. #mentalhealthmatters
- People with mental health problems can and do recover. To begin a conversation about mental health in your community, see SAMHSA’s new Toolkit for Community Conversations About Mental Health at http://1.usa.gov/13wB976. #mentalhealthmatters
In other National Dialogue news, Google, Facebook, and Twitter held a training for mental health providers to help organizations increase their capacity to use social media to build awareness of mental health issues. The archived training is available here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xxzpE9B5ICI
To keep abreast of the National Dialogue and community conversations, go to: http://www.mentalhealth.gov/talk/community-conversation/, or follow Mentalhealth.gov on Facebook or Twitter: http://www.mentalhealth.gov/connect/