May is “Mental Health Awareness Month” and a national campaign designed to help young people deal with mental health issues got its start at the University of Arizona.
Text, Talk, Act is a nationally renowned program designed to stimulate conversations about the importance of taking care of your mental health – and how to help a friend in need. Click here or on the infographic below to read a brief description of the campaign and how it works.
Text, Talk, Act is led by Racquel Goodrich at the University of Arizona’s National Institute for Civil Discourse. Ms. Goodrich wrote a recent column in the Arizona Republic titled, “Flipping the mental health debate.” In it, she wrote about the importance of using events, such as Mental Health Awareness Month, to drive home the importance of opening up and having honest conversations about mental health challenges.
These events are designed to reach young people right where they live, through the use of mobile technology and social media. The events encourage candid, face-to-face discussions on mental health to reduce isolation and misunderstanding, and teach teens and young adults how to get and give help, when necessary.
The article also listed warning signs that someone might need help including:
- Frequent sadness;
- Changes in mood, behavior and eating and sleeping patterns;
- Not wanting to go to school or work;
- Fighting with family and friends;
- Drug and alcohol abuse; and
- Feelings of hopelessness, anger or confusion.
The next national Text, Talk, Act Day is this Thursday, May 5th. While the Text, Talk, Act program focuses much of its attention on helping young people deal with the struggles related to mental health, this issue touches the lives of people of every age group and every ethnicity in every corner of our country.
So let us know if your organization is doing anything related to mental health throughout the month of May. Some examples can be found in the Prescott eNews where a number of events being held in and around Prescott this month are featured. We’d love to let people know if you have similar plans so drop us a note and tell us about it. Working together to find solutions to these types of challenges is key to our long-term goal of making Arizona the Healthiest State in the Nation!