The goal of the campaign to Change Direction is to change the culture of mental health so that all those in need receive the care and support they deserve. The Campaign encourages everyone to pay attention to their emotional well-being and it reminds us that our emotional health is just as important as our physical health. Nearly one in every five people, or 43.8 million American adults, has a diagnosable mental health condition. Half of all lifetime cases of mental disorders begin by age 14. Often our friends, neighbors, co-workers, and even family members are suffering emotionally and don’t recognize the symptoms or won’t ask for help.
The Five Signs of Emotional Suffering may mean someone is in emotional pain and might need help. If you recognize that someone is in pain you can connect, reach out, inspire hope, offer help, and check in! Show compassion and caring and a willingness to find a solution when the person may not have the will or drive to do it alone. There are many resources in our communities. It may take more than one offer, and you may need to reach out to others who share your concern about the person who is suffering. If everyone is more open and honest about our emotional health and well-being, we can prevent pain and suffering, and those in need will get the help they deserve.
We invite you all to #CheckInWithMe and participate in the Change Direction Jam, A Global Conversation on Mental Health Culture Change. This one-of-a-kind event kicks off on World Mental Health Day, October 10th, and lasts into October 11th. The Change Direction Jam is a global online conversation that can be accessed virtually from anywhere in the world. We will bring together subject matter experts, facilitators, hosts, and a few of our celebrity friends – all contributing to this amazing opportunity to talk about how important it is to check in with each other. Register to join us today!
Register for the Change Direction Jam here: mgty.co/changedirectionjam
Find more resources from the Change Direction Campaign here: mgty.co/changedirection
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