This guide contains all of the information, support and tools that community members need to implement "Talking About Mental
Illness" in their community -- an awareness program proven to be effective in bringing about positive change in young people's
knowledge about mental illness, and in reducing stigma that surrounds mental illness.
The program brings together local community partners, including youth; people with mental illnesses and their family members;
clinicians; teachers; and mental health and other agency representatives. Together, they develop and organize an educational
awareness program hosted by local secondary schools.
The program provides secondary school students with the opportunity to hear the stories of community members who have experienced
mental illness. The program also provides information about local mental health-related resources that provide support and
help to youth coping with their own or a family member or friend's mental illness.
Talking about Mental Illness: A guide for developing an awareness program for youth - Community Guide
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