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About the Okay to Say™ Movement

Okay to Say is an award-winning public awareness campaign, initiated by the Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute and supported by The Hackett Center for Mental Health. Okay to Say’s message is simple: it’s okay to talk openly about mental health. Hope begins with open and honest conversations about mental health between trusted family members, friends, and other loved ones. Together, we can make sure everyone has the support they need to begin getting better.
 
How can you play a role in making it Okay to Say?
Speak Up If you are struggling with your mental health, reach out to a trusted friend or family member and share how you are feeling. It’s okay – and it’s vital - to ask for help. Share Hope If someone close to you is struggling, become their mental health supporter. You don’t have to be an expert; just showing up can be invaluable.  Learn how to be a supporter on the Resources page. Add Your Voice Has someone helped you through a difficult time with a mental health issue? Your story – and your supporters’ experiences – will resonate with other people and inspire them to reach out for help, or offer help to a loved one. Share your journey on the Your Stories page or on social media (with the hashtag #okaytosay) to help others speak out and share hope. Spread the message that it’s okay to talk openly about mental health.
The Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute started the Okay to Say movement and is engaging with community partners across Texas to help spread the word that mental illness is treatable and that all Texans deserve access to care.
Yes. We have a tool kit available to community partners that provides materials to promote the Okay to Say movement in your area. Contact us at: info@texasstateofmind.org.
Okay to Say is strictly a consciousness-raising movement to change social attitudes about mental illness. If you are interested in making a philanthropic gift to support the work of the Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute, click here to donate online.

About Mental Illness and Mental Health Issues

If you are experiencing mental health issues and are not currently under the care of a mental health professional, talk to your primary care doctor. Dial 911 or contact the Crisis Texas Line by texting HOME to 741741 if you or someone you know is experiencing a situation that might be an emergency or if you are in doubt about what you should do. To find 24-Hour Crisis Intervention Numbers by county, visit this site.
Put your Okay to Say pledge into action by learning the facts about mental illness, avoid using derogatory language when talking about mental illness or people who have a mental illness, and have the courage to talk openly about the experience you, a loved one or friend has had treating or recovering from a mental illness.
A survey commissioned by the Institute indicated that 88% of Texans agree that the stigma surrounding mental health issues needs to be removed—but 9 out of 10 Texans think that it is harder to talk about mental health rather than physical issues. The key to changing stereotypical ideas and society’s attitudes and behavior toward mental illness is to increase public awareness and knowledge, and through more personal interaction with people who have a mental illness. The survey also indicated 74% of Texans agree that more education and information would make them feel more confident about discussing mental illness.
View the infographic based on this survey.
Negative stereotypes and unfair beliefs about mental illness can produce public shaming, prejudicial, and discriminatory behaviors toward individuals including avoidance and segregation, withholding help, and creating barriers to housing and work opportunities. When individuals with a mental illness internalize those dehumanizing behaviors, it can intensify their feelings of anxiety, fear, depression, and low self-worth. As a result, too many people with a treatable mental illness withdraw socially or conceal their condition until they are in crisis and emergency intervention is needed.

About Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute

Since its public launch in 2014, Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute (MMHPI) has helped Texas legislators, government officials, members of the judiciary, and local leaders identify systemic mental health needs and solutions, quickly becoming Texas’s most trusted source for data-driven mental health policy. MMHPI is helping Texas leaders address the mental health crisis in our jails and emergency rooms, improve access to care for veterans and their families, shift the focus of new investments toward early intervention, and expand the mental health workforce.
The best way is to contact your local representatives. If you don’t know who they are, you can find their contact information by using the search tools at senate.texas.gov and house.texas.gov.

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