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LET’S TALK ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH:

Start the conversation. End stigma. Save lives.

, Schools

LET’S TALK ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH is a 1-hour, comprehensive mental health awareness program to engage students at high schools, colleges and universities in a conversation about mental health and wellbeing.

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.
With effective treatment, love and support, children can recover and thrive. Yet, because of the shame and stigma surrounding mental health conditions, too many students are suffering in silence.

Our Storytellers want to change that.

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 gayathri@myasha.org

Together, we can create communities of acceptance, empathy and inclusion where all students can learn and thrive.

The program was very touching and helpful to me because I have struggled with depression and thought about suicide.

I learned that even though I don’t think it will get better, it will.

Thank you for the wellness resources you shared.

Some of my friends and I struggle with depression.

Thank you for coming and sharing your stories.

And, thank you for all that you do to help.

I found this presentation extremely helpful because there are people struggling with depression and I am one of them.

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.

Thank you!

You both were amazing!

And, gave me hope and insights on how to help my brother who struggles with panic attacks.

Thank you!


Thrilled to share the that KATU featured our Let’s Talk About Mental Health Program as part of their Kind is Better Campaign focused on youth mental health.

Read the full story:
https://katu.com/features/kind-is-better/youth-share-their-mental-health-stories-in-an-attempt-to-shatter-the-stigma

KIND IS BETTER: Kids helping kids by being 100% honest, that’s what ASHA International’s “Let’s Talk About Mental Health” school program is all about. I’ve seen it in person, I’ve talked to the kids in the classroom and I’ve witnessed the impact it has.

As you’ll see, this program prompted 90+ high school students to write hand-written thank you cards to ASHA’s founder, and their words, too, echo that honesty.

Thank you to all the wonderful people who helped me tell this story.

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