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Community Conversations About Mental Health

Community Conversations

The Toolkit for Community Conversations About Mental Health is designed to be a resource to help those interested in holding a community dialogue about mental health. It is comprised of three parts, described below, that will help communities and groups plan and facilitate a dialogue about mental health.

Resources for Community Conversations About Mental Health

Information Brief for Community Conversation About Mental Health
Provides data and other facts about the promotion of mental health, prevention of mental illness, and how to promote awareness, early identification, access to treatment, crisis response, and recovery supports. The Information Brief helps educate and inform community conversation participants and facilitators about mental health issues. En Español

Discussion Guide for Community Conversations About Mental Health
Provides a resource to help guide participants and facilitators through a one-day community conversation. The discussion guide offers a framework for holding a successful and productive conversation. En Español

The discussion guide includes:
  • Discussion questions
  • Sample views about mental health
  • Process suggestions
  • Facilitator tips
  • Individual and community follow-up steps

Planning Guide for Community Conversations About Mental Health
Provides tools to help people hold a one-day community conversation, including information for planning conversations, recruiting and training facilitators, recruiting conversation participants, and identifying steps participants may want to take in order to raise awareness about mental health and promote access to mental health services. En Español

Mental Health in My Community: Information Graphic
Provides data and other facts about mental health in the United States, access to treatment, crisis response, and recovery support. En Español

Additional Resources for Community Leaders

Information for Faith-Based and Community Leaders
Increasing awareness of mental health issues and making it easier for people to seek help will take partners working together. Faith and community leaders can play a significant role in helping to educate individuals and families about mental health. These talking points can help faith leaders develop messages for their congregations and communities about the importance of mental health.

Everyone Can Play a Role in the Conversation about Mental Health: Fact Sheet for Faith-Based Communities
Faith and community leaders can play a significant role in helping to educate individuals and families about mental health. This fact sheet can help communities and congregations raise awareness about mental health issues and emphasize the importance of people to seek help when needed. This fact sheet can be used as a bulletin insert or announcement to faith communities about the importance of mental health issues in our communities.

Mayors' Resource Guide on Behavioral Health Issues
Provides valuable information to help mayors ensure that everyone in their community has the best chance to succeed by addressing the behavioral health needs of their communities. Includes information about how good behavioral health benefits communities, and how to engage your community in a conversation about behavioral health.

For more resources, please visit MentalHealth.gov.

Last updated: 03/14/2014

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