7 Actions to Support Mental Health in Your Community

Mental health issues touch us all no matter where we live. Here are ways to support a better mental health system in your community.

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The JED Foundation, a leading nonprofit that protects emotional health and prevents suicide for our nation’s teens and young adults, shares their tips on the best way to take action to support mental health:

  • Break the stigma about mental health by talking about it
    • Initiate conversations about mental health with friends and family. Use this toolkit to find helpful tips for starting conversations. 
    • Organize an event to raise awareness and financial support
  • Know the phone numbers for when they are needed
    • Be ready to help – save these crisis support numbers in your phone
      • Text START to 741-741
      • Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
  • Contact your policymakers
    • Join NAMI, National Alliance on Mental Illness, in advocating for policies that support mental health with those we elected to power. 
  • Get schools involved
    • Ask your, college, alma mater or child’s college to become a JED Campus: jedcampus.org
    • Recommend Set to Go to your local high schools: settogo.org
  • Spread the word

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