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“It’s almost popular now to showcase how crazy your life is. A friend did a picture like that on Instagram - uh, look at this chaos in my living room and look what the kids are doing #momlife. But I think what’s missing, how did that make you feel and how are you doing with that?”
– Kate Smith

Mental wellbeing is for everyone

All of us experience various levels of mental wellbeing at different points in our life. Half of us will personally experience at least one mental health condition in our lifetime. And yet misconception and discrimination still exist, causing people to feel shame, suffer in silence and either not seek or be able to access treatment.

The time is now to move forward and address mental health. Call to Mind aims to inform and mobilize new conversations about mental health.

of people experience a mental health condition in adulthood

We're in this together

Though mental illness is a health condition much like any other, we often treat it as if it’s a choice. This common misconception creates barriers to care. It takes an average of 10 years—a full decade!—for a person experiencing a mental health condition to seek the care they need. From the things we all say ("You’re crazy!" "Snap out of it"), to problematic portrayals in popular culture, to systemic complacency, we have a lot of work ahead to fix our misconceptions about mental health.

What myths have you encountered and shattered?

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Let's Get Smarter

Call To Mind will highlight facts, research, and reporting as well as stories of lived experience. We hope to curate relevant mental health conversations on personal, cultural and systemic levels. Let’s get smarter about the warning signs, resources that are available and understanding how to talk about it with each other.

Recognize the Warning Signs

Recognizing the warning signs of a mental illness isn’t always easy. NAMI outlines 10 common warning signs.

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Know What Resources Are Available

MPR News outlines resources that are available for those facing a mental health crisis.

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Talk About It

Having a caring conversation can increase hope and help someone on their journey to recovery. The Huffington Post outlines how to talk about suicide in a way that’s helpful.

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We’re on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Tag us @calltomindnow and use #calltomind to join the conversation.

Join Us

You can help us create new conversations about mental health. Join us at a live event, tell our reporters what you want to learn more about, or join the conversation using #calltomind.

Minnesota’s New Mental Health Crisis, Suicide

July 31, 2018

In Minnesota, the healthiest state in the nation, the report shows a 40% increase in suicide, marking the 8th largest increase. While Minnesota is 38th in overall ranking, the steep increase has public health officials and advocates concerned. What’s driving the increase, and how can we respond? Bring your questions and join MPR News Morning Edition Host Cathy Wurzer with an expert panel to learn more about the public health problem of suicide and what we all can do to respond.

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August 4, 2018

Presented by the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation and sponsored by 89.3 The Current, HazelFest brings together people affected by addiction and the general public to celebrate recovery, spread hope and smash the stigma associated with substance use disorders and mental illness. This year’s lineup includes Headlining Brother Ali, The Cactus Blossoms, Chastity Brown and Davina & The Vagabonds.

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Frebella Festival

September 22, 2018

Frebella is a music festival where everyone belongs. A place to celebrate the importance of friendship, community and shared experiences while bringing conversations and action around mental health into the light. All proceeds from this year's event support The Emily Program Foundation, a nonprofit working to eliminate eating disorders by empowering prevention, supporting recovery, and advocating for legislative change.

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What questions do you have about mental wellbeing? What do you want to learn more about? What do you want our reporters to cover?

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Let's get talking

Talking about mental health is a critical first step to moving forward—for our own mental wellbeing and for the wellbeing of our communities. But when we talk about mental health conditions, it’s important that we use language that demonstrates respect and acceptance.

Check your word choice, and make sure you’re creating an environment that’s open and welcoming. Join or start a conversation with #calltomind.

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There are people that want to reach out and talk about mental health — that's essential in moving forward.

- Adam Levy

Credit: Nate Ryan