Join the National Dialogue on Mental Health

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Join the discussion in your community! Find out where and when!


In early 2013, President Barack Obama called for a “national conversation to increase understanding about mental health” and directed Secretary Kathleen Sebelius of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and Secretary Arne Duncan of the U.S. Department of Education to launch a National Dialogue on Mental Health.

Creating Community Solutions is an important part of the National Dialogue. It will give Americans a chance to learn more about mental health issues — from each other and from research. People who participate in these community conversations will determine if mental health is an important issue for their community and will discuss issues related to the mental health of young people. They also will decide how they might take action to improve mental health in their families, schools, and communities.

Why Participate

Creating Community Solutions is about moving from dialogue to action. Each community that engages in a conversation about mental health will have unique ideas and contributions about how to improve the mental health of America's young people. By sharing the outcomes with each other, we can build on each other's strengths and play a part in developing more resilient, healthy communities. 

How to Participate

Community discussions are being held all over the country. Find locations near you.

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