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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
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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

Have a HEALTHFUL New Year!

Start 2019 by taking the stress out of your new year’s resolution. A recent NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist Poll shows that more than 2 in 5 of us likely made a commitment to improve ourselves. Make sure you’re setting your sights on something worth your time and energy.

Reach Out

If life slips sideways, connect with someone who can be there for you. If you are dealing with an emergency, call 9-1-1. Otherwise, here are some resources that can help you connect to people specific to your needs.

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Realistic Resolutions

Some timeless suggestions from the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) for refocusing your routines, to help deal with depression and improve anyone’s overall mental wellness.

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Set Achievable Goals

Even if you skipped making a new year’s declaration, there are some good tips to help achieve any kind of goal.

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Try a #DryJanuary

New research has shown that taking a break from alcohol can really help. If you know someone struggling with alcohol addiction, get your going-out group to join in solidarity with someone who may not want to join you in the bar scene. It’ll also help your wallet, and your health. If you resolved to lose weight, a dry January could also help with that.

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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?

Tell us about it using #calltomind

Follow us on social media

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.

Spotlight on Mental Health Policy

February 15, 2019
UBS Forum, MPR Headquarters

This Call to Mind forum will examine why people who need medical attention are unable to access care, and why many service providers still point to funding concerns when mental health parity is federal law.

This event is free to attend and will be recorded for broadcast.

Register to attend

Spotlight on Students

Past event at the Science Museum of Minnesota on November 17, 2018

MPR News host Angela Davis and three experts on children and mental health discussed how to identify kids who need help and how schools, practitioners, and families can work together to give kids the support and treatment they need.

Listen to the conversation

Creativity and Mental Health

MPR's Dan Kraker hosted the conversation December 4, 2018 at the Duluth Folk School

The connections between mental well-being and creativity, the arts as a form of communication, coping, and therapy, and musical expression as healing. A community conversation to share experiences with mental health, and how the arts and creative self-expression have helped.

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Call to Mind: Entrepreneurs Tackle Mental Health and Wellbeing

Past event on October 9, 2018

This live discussion panel delves into the investments entrepreneurs have made in mental health, the science behind their products, and the opportunities and barriers they face in offering new solutions to the mental health market.

Listen to the conversation

Tell us what to cover:

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

Tell us here

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.

Learn more about what to say here

As a community we all need to acknowledge that mental health in itself is something we have and mental health challenges is something we all deal with. So acknowledge that we are all going through this and acknowledge that we all go through it in different ways.

- Airrion Williams