New Toolkit to Help Communities Identify Creative Steps to Address Mental Health Issues

The Toolkit for Community Conversations About Mental Health is designed to help those interested in holding a conversation about mental health and it includes three parts: an Information Brief, a Discussion Guide, and a Planning Guide. The toolkit will help communities and individuals start a conversation about mental health to help identify innovative and creative next steps to address the mental health needs of our nation.

The Toolkit for Community Conversations About Mental Health is available for download and in print at: SAMHSA.gov

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Information Brief

Information Brief-Spanish Version

Discussion Guide

Planning Guide

MentalHealth.gov

As partners, you may want to include the toolkit release in an email message, newsletter or on social media. Please use the hashtag #MentalHealthMatters when posting information on social media. You may also consider using some of the sample messages below on your social media outlets:

Sample Social Media Messages:

Twitter

1) Interested in hosting a convo in your community on #mentalhealthmatters? Get started with @SAMHSAgov’s toolkit: http://1.usa.gov/15tbXQk.

2) 1/2 of adult mental health problems begin before age 14. It’s #OK2Talk. See @SAMHSAgov resources- 1.usa.gov/15tbXQk. #mentalhealthmatters

Facebook

1) 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

2) 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