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You don't have to be an expert to support a friend in a time of need. Knowing how to recognize signs that something is wrong and start a conversation can make a huge difference to our loved ones. We can all Ask, Listen, Encourage, and Check in.
10/06/2020
  • Massachusetts Department of Mental Health
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Sometimes our words hide how we really feel. Introducing #MoreToTheStory, a new public awareness campaign that encourages people to look beyond words like "I'm OK" and recognize the signs that someone may be struggling with their mental health. Normalizing the conversation about mental health empowers people to talk and get the help they need. When you think something feels off, ask, listen, encourage, check in. 

A social media component featuring conversation starters, do's and don'ts, and ways to identify signs of depression anxiety launched this week alongside a website with resources and information on how to support a friend or loved one in need. A TV spot will begin running later this fall. Follow the campaign on social media:

You don't have to be an expert to support a friend in a time of need. Recognize the signs and start the conversation with someone you care about today.

If you or someone you know needs immediate help in MA, please call 1-877-382-1609 to receive 24/7 emergency and crisis support.

Massachusetts Department of Mental Health 

The Department of Mental Health, as the State Mental Health Authority, assures and provides access to services and supports to meet the mental health needs of individuals of all ages; enabling them to live, work and participate in their communities.
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