LET’S TALK ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH:
Start the conversation. End stigma. Save lives.
LET’S TALK ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH is a peer-to-peer mental health education program to engage high school and college students in a conversation about mental health and wellbeing. Together, we can promote mental health and prevent suicides.
Why children’s mental health matters:
- 1 in 5 children and adolescents in the United States struggles with a mental health condition that interferes with daily functioning. Yet, nearly 80% of these children do not receive the care they need.
- 50% of mental illnesses begin before the age of 14 and 75% of mental illnesses begin before age 24.
- It can take 8 to 10 years between the onset of mental illness symptoms and receiving treatment.
- Mental health conditions are a leading impediment to the health and wellbeing of high school and college students. Left untreated, mental health conditions – including anxiety, depression and eating disorders, can lead to school failure, family conflicts, substance abuse, violence, juvenile & criminal justice involvement, and suicide.
- Suicide is the second leading cause of death for ages 10 to 24.
They want to share their stories to end the stigma surrounding mental illness, and engage students in a conversation about mental health and wellbeing.
Growing evidence shows that when schools, colleges and universities address mental health and wellness, they can boost academic achievement, reduce absenteeism, increase graduation rates and overall student wellbeing.
If you are interested in scheduling this program in your high school, college or university, to start a conversation about mental health and wellbeing, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Together, we can create communities of acceptance, empathy and inclusion where all students can learn and thrive.
I learned that even though I don’t think it will get better, it will.
Thank you for the wellness resources you shared.
Thank you for coming and sharing your stories.
And, thank you for all that you do to help.
I appreciated that your poured your hearts out to educate us even though you run the risk of people who do not accept that mental illness is ok to talk about and perfectly normal to endure.
And, gave me hope and insights on how to help my brother who struggles with panic attacks.