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Join us April 24th for Text, Talk, Act on Mental Health – Part II Electric Boogaloo

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As you know, NCDD is part of the collaboration running the Creating Community Solutions national dialogue effort aimed at tackling mental health issues in our communities. We have been supporting the effort in many ways, including collaborating on the “Text, Talk, Act” nationwide text-enhanced dialogue last December.

We are pleased to announce that another installment of the Text, Talk, Act conversation will be taking place this April 24th.

The Text, Talk, Act to Improve Mental Health conversation will be an hour-long event that uses text messaging to get people talking about mental health and encourage them to take action. The hope is that through this event, young people (and not-so-young people!) can have a conversation with their peers and give voice to an issue that can otherwise be difficult for them to speak about.

Last year’s event was a big success, with an estimated 2,000 people participating in the conversation (600 phones). Participants described the event this way:

We encourage NCDD members–especially those of you based at universities and high schools–to participate in this important effort. On April 24th, you can dial in and participate in the conversation, or better yet, you can convene your own dialogue event on mental health and use the Text, Talk, Act event as a starting point for your own conversations. We would love to see NCDD members hosting their own conversations, and if you do, we ask that you register your event so that it can be listed on the Creating Community Solutions dialogue map.

It’s easy to get plugged into the event by following these simple steps:

  1. At any time on April 24th, gather 3-4 of your friends, family, classmates, students, and/or colleagues;
  2. Text “start” to 89800; and
  3. Receive polling and discussion questions via text messaging while having a face-to-face dialogue with your group.

Learn more by visiting www.creatingcommunitysolutions.org/texttalkact. You can also watch and share the informational video on the campaign.

We hope to see many of you join in this important nationwide conversation on April 24th!

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An inclusiveness trainer and group process facilitator, Roshan Bliss serves as NCDD's Youth Engagement Coordinator and Blog Curator. Combining his belief that decisions are better when everyone is involved with his passion for empowering young people, his work focuses on increasing the involvement of youth and students in public conversations.

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