WE VALUE YOUR VOICE SO LET'S MAKE IT BE HEARD!
There are many views and opinions about mental health distress, it's causes, and how we can best treat and respond to these conditions. To make a change we have to start coming together as a community (healthcare providers, city officials, community members, etc.) and talk about mental health. These are the conversations that ignite innovative community-based solutions.
The Toolkit for Community Conversations About Mental Health: Information Brief (SAMHSA, 2013) is designed to help individuals and organizations construct community conversations to achieve the following:
Get others talking about mental health to break down misperceptions and promote recovery and healthy communities;
Find innovative community-based solutions to mental health needs.
Develop clear steps for communities to address their mental health needs in a way that compliments existing local activities.
The Toolkit includes:
An Information Brief section that provides data and other facts regarding mental health and how communities can implement change.
A Discussion Guide where as a community we have discussion questions, sample views, ideas, and overall structure for dialogue on mental health issues.
A Planning Guide that describes a variety of ways people can facilitate community conversations and take the next steps at the local level to raise awareness about mental health and promote access to mental health services.
No matter what your reason is for being here (even if it was by an accidental click of the mouse or someone asked you to check this out to review) we thank you for taking the time to read this post.
If you're just curious to see what this is all about, we are very glad you are here, so stay tuned.
For those of you who are passionate about being part of something bigger, but you're not sure where to start, then this might be a good starting point for you.
Here is the link for the entire Toolkit. Go check it out and see if this is something you would be interested in being a part of. https://store.samhsa.gov/sites/default/files/d7/priv/sma13-4763.pdf