Stress Less, Talk More, Change a Life

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TTA_logoAs we begin preparing for final exams and end-of year activities, learning about stress reduction techniques can have a positive impact on our mental health. Now, during Stress Less Week, there’s a fun and innovative way to get your campus talking about mental health and stress management: Text, Talk, Act.

Text, Talk, Act uses text messaging to facilitate a face-to-face conversation on mental health and stress reduction techniques. On April 14th, gather participants in small groups (3-4 people) with one cell phone per group. Text START to the number 89800 to receive a series of text messages that will guide the group through a conversation on mental health: why it is important, how to care for it, and how to help a friend in need. Groups will also talk about ways to reduce stress and receive resources for more information.

The power of conversation can help others who are struggling with mental health.

“Too many students are struggling with mental health in silence. Active Minds chapters and student leaders are working around the country to educate their campuses about mental health so that no one suffers alone. We are proud to partner with Text, Talk, Act to continue this great work!” – Alison Malmon, Executive Director and Founder, Active Minds Inc.

On Tuesday, April 14th*, join Active Minds’ and Text, Talk, Act for Stress Less Week. It’s easy:

  1. Gather 3-4 people* and text START to 89800**.
  2. Talk with your group using the text-enabled questions.
  3. Share your story. Help a friend. Be a part of the change.

Sign up to organize a Text, Talk, Act on your campus, and you could win $1,000 for your Active Minds Chapter! For more information on the contest, click here. After you sign up, be sure to order free giveaways to help promote your Text, Talk, Act event and download the organizing toolkit.

This initiative is powered by Creating Community Solutions, the National Institute for Civil Discourse, Everyday Democracy and the Deliberative Democracy Coalition.

Official partners of Text, Talk, Act include Active Minds, National Campus Leadership Council, National Association of School Psychologists, Entertainment Industry Council, Populove and the American Association of Suicidology.

Promotional partners of Text, Talk, Act are Youth M.O.V.E. National, the Jed Foundation, Mental Health America, Public Conversations Project, Crisis Response Network, La Frontera Arizona and Crisis Text Line.

*Don’t have 3-4 peeps with you on April 14th? Join the discussion on Twitter using #TextTalkAct

**For participants from Canada or whose phones can’t use short codes, use 7785881995