Your Toolkit for Community Conversations About Mental Health

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Your Toolkit for Community Conversations About Mental Health

The Toolkit for Community Conversations About Mental Health is designed to support communities interested in holding conversations about mental health using consistent information and approaches. It includes three parts: an Information Brief, a Discussion Guide, and a Planning Guide. The toolkit will help communities and individuals start a conversation about mental health and help identify innovative and creative next steps to address the mental health needs of our Nation.

Following the National Conference on Mental Health on June 3, 2013, we can all take next steps to work together to provide youth and adults accurate information about the prevention, treatment, and recovery of mental health conditions. On Saturday, July 20, 2013, two communities—Sacramento, CA, and Albuquerque, NM—answered the President's call to action by holding facilitated conversations about mental health with hundreds of residents involved in identifying next steps to address the mental health needs of young people. We hope that more communities across the country will also answer the President's call by holding their own events and conversations.

Download or order your copies of the toolkit.

Information Brief | Information Brief (Spanish Version)

Discussion Guide

Planning Guide


More Information About Community Conversations

To access more information about how to hold a community conversation about mental health or to reach our partners who can share their expertise as speakers, facilitators, or participants visit:

The Toolkit for Community Conversations About Mental Health will be available in Spanish soon.

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SAMHSA is a public health agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Its mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities.

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