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Text, Talk, Act to Improve Mental Health

Text, Talk, Act to Improve Mental Health
A Text-Enabled National Creating Community Solutions Dialogue

Mental health affects us all. It’s time to end the silence. It’s time to talk about it.

This December 5th, join Creating Community Solutions in a nationwide discussion on mental health….via your cell phone! All over the country, on the same day, people will get together in small groups for one-hour discussions on mental health.

The process is simple: join 3-4 of your friends, family, classmates, students, and/or colleagues and text “start” to 89800. Your group will then receive polling questions, discussion questions, and process suggestions via text messaging.

You can start anytime you like on December 5th – the texting platform will be available all day. You’ll have conversations face-to-face with the group of 4-5 people that you gather. At times, your group will receive polling questions and you’ll have opportunities to text in responses from the group. You’ll get a link to a webpage that allows you to view the poll results, and see all the ideas that have been texted in. The other texts you receive will be discussion questions you can talk about with the people in your group.

“Text, Talk, Act on Mental Health” is designed to engage high school and college students in particular, using technology that is ubiquitous in their lives. Results from the live polling questions will be tabulated almost instantly, so that people will be able to see how participants across the country responded. The discussion questions will provide a safe space for candid dialogue on mental health, one of the most critical and misunderstood public issues we face. The process will also provide an opportunity for participants to discuss actions they can take to strengthen mental health on their campuses and in their communities.

Can you give one hour of your time to talk mental health matters?

Gather your group on December 5th, text “start” to 89800 and join the conversation!

Join us via Twitter (@MentalHealthCCS) and Facebook ( using the hashtag #TextTalkAct

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For additional FAQs, please click here.

Download your copy of the Text, Talk, Act Infographic and send it along to recruit participants for your dialogue today! (Download the JPEG or PDF version from the links below)

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Want to do more to end the silence on mental health? Check out our additional resources for how you can stay engaged!

If you’d like to find information on mental health resources, please visit our Resources Page

If you’d like ideas on things you can do to make a difference, please visit our Continue the Dialogue page

View the Live Results
Click the following links to see how the nation responded to the following discussion and polling questions:

How often do you currently think about mental health?

Half of all adult mental health problems begin at age XX:

How important to you is the issue of mental health?

Some schools/communities do amazing things to address mental health issues. What do you think works?

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America SpeaksDeliberative Democracy ConsortiumEveryday DemocracyNational Issues ForumsNCDDNational Institute for Civil Discourse

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