Talk, Text, Act Starts the Conversation
Encouraging youth to discuss mental health challenges is incredibly important, but it can be hard to know what to say. Talk, Text, Act is an initiative that facilitates face-to-face conversations about mental health by providing discussion points and questions to ask, teaching users how to properly have that conversation and assist a friend who may be in need.
Here’s how it works: a small group of people (three to four) gather together and need only one cell phone. Someone then texts the word START to number 89800 to receive a series of text messages that will guide the group through a conversation on mental health: why it is important, how to care for it, and how to help a friend in need. The text messages include videos, social media interactions, polling questions and discussion questions.
Talk, Text, Act is holding a nationwide event on May 7, 2015 to get the whole country talking. The May 7 event also coincides with SAMSHA’s National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day. If you are unable to join the event in May, you can still use Talk, Text, Act anytime from April to May, 2015. Just grab some friends and follow the same steps on your cell phone.
Young people have said that Text, Talk, Act is fun, flexible, easy, convenient and leads to meaningful conversations that build peer understanding and support. Over 90% of respondents to follow-up surveys report an increase in understanding and over 65% of survey respondents report an increase in their level of comfort in talking about mental health.
For more information about the Talk, Text, Act program, please visit their website at www.creatingcommunitysolutions.org/texttalkact.