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 know needs immediate help, you can reach the Suicide & Crisis Lifeline by calling or texting 988 or using the chat box at

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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.

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Every Election is About Mental Health

Watch NAMI’s video about the importance of voting for mental health.

Support Mental Health America’s Advocacy Priorities

Support Mental Health America’s National Advocacy Campaign to urge Congress to fund critical behavioral health initiatives. Use their letter template to contact your elected officials.

Support Shatterproof’s Advocacy Campaign

Support Shatterproof’s Campaign focused on having Congress improve treatment and supports for people with substance use disorders.

Support NAMI’s Advocacy Priorities

Check out NAMI’s advocay priorities and learn how you can support their call to action.

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