Toolkit for Community Conversations About Mental Health

The Toolkit for Community Conversations About Mental Health is designed to be a resource to help those interested in holding a conversation 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.

  • Information Brief |  En Español — 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.
  • Discussion Guide — 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. The discussion guide includes: Discussion questions, Sample views about mental health, Process suggestions, Facilitator tips, Individual and community follow-up steps.
  • Planning Guide — Provides tools to help people hold a one-day community conversation. Includes 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.

Population of focus: Community leaders

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Date: 2013

Organization: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration