Start an open conversation about mental health with Okay to Say™, an award-winning public awareness campaign with one simple message: It’s okay to talk openly about mental health.
Start a Conversation
83% of Americans
say it’s easier to open up if someone else goes first.* If you’re worried about a friend or family member, tell them about a time when you experienced a mental health concern.
*Source: Nonfiction Research, “Intimacy in America”
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If you think someone you love may be experiencing a mental health concern, and you're not sure what to say, check out our Giphy stickers with suggested ways you can start a conversation.
Mental Health Matters
More Than 3.3 Million Texans
Are Living With a Mental Illness.*
COVID-19 has increased mental health needs.
Symptoms of anxiety and depression are up 4-fold.**
*Source: Mental Health America
**Source: Center for Disease Control and Prevention, March 2021
HOW ARE YOU, REALLY?
Ask a close friend or family member, “How are you, really?” When someone asks “how are you?, it can sometimes be difficult to open up and speak honestly to this question. But if that person asks, “how are you, really?”, we know that they’re not just asking to be polite and are really interested in hearing our honest feelings.Download
I'M HERE FOR YOU.
When approaching conversations about mental health, try starting a conversation with this simple phrase to show someone you love they’re not alone on their mental health journey.Download
JUST CHECKING IN. WHAT’S GOING ON IN YOUR LIFE LATELY?
If a friend is experiencing mental health concerns, you can provide valuable support by checking in with your friend and being there to talk and listen.Download
- Talk to your primary care provider
- Find a local mental health provider
- Find a local mental health or behavioral health authority
- Connect to your local National Alliance on Mental Illness or Mental Health America chapter
- For Veterans and their families, connect with a local Cohen Veterans Network clinic or go to va.gov
- For parents and families, visit the Okay to Say Kidzone or learn more at Child Mind Institute
Contact Anytime for Immediate Support
Texas Health and Human Services Statewide COVID-19 Mental Health Support Line
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.
En Español, 1-888-628-9454.
If you are a veteran, press 1.
Text "Hello" to
Crisis Text Hotline
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