Do you know what to say or how to help someone who is experiencing a mental health or substance use crisis? Approaching someone who is struggling with their mental health or substance use can be daunting, and people often worry that they could say the wrong thing and accidentally make the issue worse. But showing up for loved ones in crisis is simpler than most people think: what’s most important is to show someone that you care about their experience and that you’re there to help them through this journey. Remember, the illness or disorder is the problem, NOT the person. The resources below will give you the tools you need to support your friends, family, and co-workers during their time of need. If you or someone you love is in immediate danger, call 911 or go to a hospital or other setting that offers emergency care. If you or someone you know needs immediate help, you can contact the Crisis Line at your Community Mental Health Authority or reach the Suicide & Crisis Lifeline by calling or texting 988.

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The challenge is designed to spur change – in mindsets, behaviors, opportunities and practices. Please help us keep track of how individuals are engaging with the 21-Day Stigma Challenge resources and actions. Each action you take, each resource you review, will add a ticket in your name to the drawing for one of five $100 gift cards at the end of the challenge.

Do You Want To Learn More? Check Out These Additional Resources:

10 Signs of Mental Illness in Youth

Watch the 2-minute video 10 Common Warning Signs Of A Mental Health Condition to learn about how to recognize mental illness in youth.

17 Signs of Mental Illness

Watch the video Do You Have Any Of These 17 Signs? You Could Have A Mental Illness to learn how to recognize some of the most common symptoms of mental illness.

Substance Use Disorder Treatment Options

Read this short webpage on Shatterproof’s website to learn about the types of treatment programs available for substance use disorders.

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