May Mental Health Toolkit — AFSP

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and this year, we’re encouraging you to have a #RealConvo about mental health, whether it’s reaching out about your own, or checking in with someone you notice might be struggling. Find guidance on how to start the conversation and keep it going as well as tons of ways to get involved. Let’s get the #RealConvo going!

AFSP South Dakota Chapter volunteer Angela Drake talks about life after losing her daughter

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AFSP Greater San Francisco Chapter volunteer James Purvis offers advice for older men

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AFSP Illinois Chapter volunteer Dimple Patel gives advice for how young people can talk about mental health

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AFSP Alaska Chapter volunteer Jim Biela discusses why it’s important to pay attention to changes in behavior

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AFSP Southeast Texas Chapter volunteer Wykisha McKinney talks about the value of human connection

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AFSP National Capital Area Chapter volunteer Ali Walker discusses learning from suicide loss

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AFSP Southeast Florida Chapter volunteer Alan Mednick talks about understanding mental health

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AFSP Tampa Bay Chapter volunteer Hannah Jines drives home the message: you’ll never know unless you ask

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AFSP Indiana Chapter volunteer Tammy Coston talks about grieving shortly after the loss of her son

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AFSP Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter volunteer talks about how she fuels her purpose

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Director of the National Institute of Mental Health Josh Gordon, M.D., Ph.D. talks about how asking about suicide reduces risk

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Researcher Lisa Horowitz, Ph.D, MPH talks about how parents can talk to their kids about suicide

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Learn some of the warning signs of suicide to look out for

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Learn how to start a conversation about mental health

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Learn how to stay in touch about a friend’s mental health

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Looking for social media messages to share in May? Look no further!

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Make your mental health a priority for #MentalHealthAwareness Month and beyond by having a #RealConvo!

 

Want to take action this #MentalHealthAwareness Month? Have a #RealConvo about mental health with someone you trust.

 

You are less alone when you talk about what you’re going through. Have a #RealConvo with a loved one, call @800273TALK, or text TALK to 741741 at the @CrisisTextLine.

 

The best conversations can have the most awkward starts…but they’re worth it. Have a #RealConvo about mental health with someone you care about.

How to Start (and Continue!) a Conversation About Mental Health: A #RealConvo Guide from AFSP

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If Someone Tells You They’re Thinking About Suicide: A #RealConvo Guide from AFSP

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Reaching Out for Help: A #RealConvo Guide from AFSP

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How to Talk to a Suicide Loss Survivor: A #RealConvo Guide from AFSP

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What Are Your Favorite #RealConvo Tips?

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I’m Your Canvas: Four Tips on How to Have a #RealConvo with a Friend

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Finding Strength, Help, and Hope by Having a #RealConvo

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Helping a Friend via Text: Tips from Crisis Text Line

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How I Wish People Would Talk to Me Following My Father’s Suicide

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Advice on Talking to Someone with Suicidal Thoughts…from Someone Who’s Had Suicidal Thoughts

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How to Tell People You’ve Lost a Loved One to Suicide

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What I Want People to Know About My Suicide Attempt

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How to Talk to a Suicide Loss Survivor: 10 Helpful Tips

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Opening Up to Others About Your Mental Health

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Find the Sweet Potato

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Around the Table

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Changing the Conversation About Suicide in the Black Community

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02may2:00 pm3:00 pm#TalkYouthSuicide Twitter Chat - Hosted by the American Association of Suicidology and American Psychological Association

06mayAll DaySuicide Prevention: Strategies That Work - Presented by SAMHSA (Washington, D.C.)

16mayAll DayHave a #RealConvo with Ask Dr. Jill

22may2:00 pm3:00 pmHow to Have a #RealConvo About Mental Heath Twitter Chat - Moderated by @afspnational and co-hosted by National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, JED Foundation, Active Minds, Born This Way Foundation, Mental Health America, Crisis Text Line

29may2:00 pm3:00 pmWhole Body Mental Health Twitter Chat - Co-hosted by @afspnational