The DMH Community Conversations initiative is underway and we are especially excited about the Department's partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Transportation Office of Outdoor Advertising, which is providing space for DMH's Good Mental Health campaign on 70 electronic billboards on highways across the state. This is an exciting endeavor for us and we hope to get people talking about mental health across the state.
DMH's Good Mental Health. It starts with a conversation. campaign joins the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) national conversation about mental health, launched last year. DMH developed materials for the campaign and posted on a new DMH webpage dedicated to Community Conversations, www.mass.gov/dmh/conversations. It contains the SAMHSA community conversations toolkit which provides the resources for anyone to hold a conversation in their community. It includes a planning guide, a discussion guide and all the information and resources needed to start a dialogue, large or small. Conversations about mental health can take place at schools, churches, civic organizations, even among neighbors and friends. Our goal is to get people talking in all 351 cities and towns in the Commonwealth.
DMH invites citizens across the Commonwealth to start the dialogue in their communities. For many of us, starting a conversation is easy when it's about the weather, the kids, our favorite food or maybe our pets. But when it comes to discussing difficult and complex subjects like mental health, the talking often stops.
For more information or assistance in starting your conversation, contact Michelle in the DMH Office of Communications and Community Engagement at 617-626-8118.
This information is provided by the Department of Mental Health