Talk About It

May 3 – May 31, 2021

May 3 – May 31

Talk About It Campaign

Celebrate Mental Health Month by engaging with our online campaign against mental health stigma. Sign up below to receive informational posts and content that you can share on your social media platforms throughout the month of May. Already released content is available for sharing below.

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Week 1 – Mental Health Matters

You Are Not Alone

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You are not alone.

20.6% of U.S. adults experienced mental illness in 2019. Let’s #GCTalkAboutIt so no one has to struggle in silence.

https://www.nami.org/mhstats

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Break Down Stigma

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Fewer than half of the adults in the US who experience mental illness get the help they need in a given year.

Seeking professional help when self-help efforts aren’t working is a sign of strength, not weakness.

GCTalkAboutIt #MHM2021

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Language Matters

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Unfortunately, many people unknowingly contribute to the stigma around mental health with their everyday language choices.
Remember your words have power and you have the ability to think before you speak.

Learn more here: https://bit.ly/3e1Y3R3
#GCTalkAboutIt

language matters

Week 2 – Mythbusters

Myth or Fact: Increased Risk of Violence

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People often have misconceptions about mental health. Learn the facts. #GCTalkAboutIt
https://bit.ly/32VXGB5

myth or fact: people with a mental health diagnosis are violent

Myth or Fact: Recovery is Possible

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People often have misconceptions about mental health. Learn the facts. #GCTalkAboutIt
Learn more here: https://bit.ly/2PywLIw

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Myth or Fact: All in Your Head

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People often have misconceptions about mental health. Learn the facts. #GCTalkAboutIt
MentalHealth.gov/talk

myth or fact

Week 3 – Recognize the Signs

Signs of Depression

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Depression looks different for everyone and can be difficult to recognize unless you are a professional. Signs to pay attention to include: changes in eating or sleep patterns; decreased enthusiasm for life or hobbies; difficulty finding the energy to complete everyday tasks like brushing one’s teeth; feelings of anger, unexplained sadness, or loneliness; or thoughts of committing suicide.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, you do not need to go it alone. Chat with a support professional online or over the telephone at http://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/
#GCTalkAboutIt

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Suicide Warning Signs

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Individuals considering suicide will often reveal their intentions through verbal and non-verbal clues. Some signs include making statements as if they are saying goodbye or joking about suicide; making plans for their death such as writing goodbye letters or giving away prized possessions; seeking access to firearms, pills, or other means of committing suicide; increased risk-taking behaviors such as use of alcohol or other drugs, shoplifting, or reckless driving; or posting their intentions on social media, via text message, or other online outlets.
Learn more at www.nimh.nih.gov
#GCTalkAboutIt

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You Can Help

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Not sure how to help someone experiencing thoughts of suicide? Find specific resources and guidance at www.bethe1to.com

you can help anyone with suicidal thoughts. 5 steps

Week 4 – Diverse Populations

Men & Mental Health

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Can you name the top 5 mental health concerns affecting men? Mental health problems are common among men, but men don’t often seek help. It’s OK to reach out for help and #GCTalkAboutIt. Learn more at https://bit.ly/3tlMXuD

men's top 5 mental health concerns

Mental Health for Black Americans

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Only 1 in 3 Black Americans who need mental health care receive it. Visit https://bit.ly/3eSBT2R to learn more about racism and inequality in mental health care, breaking barriers, and seeking care. #GCTalkAboutIt

mental health in black americans

Language Matters

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A recent study showed that in transgender youth, using correct pronouns and names reduces depression and suicide risks. Learn more at https://lgbtlifecenter.org/pronouns/ #GCTalkAboutIt

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