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NAMI Offers Teen Mental Health Tools to Faith Communities and Civic Groups
ARLINGTON, Va. March 10, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) has launched "Say It Out Loud," a program for faith communities and civic organizations to use in reaching out to youth, ages 14 to 18, to start conversations about mental health.
"One in five teens live with mental health conditions. Less than half get help and more than 4,000 teens die from suicide every year," said NAMI executive director Mary Giliberti. "Faith communities and other organizations that sponsor youth groups are in unique positions to encourage teen conversations."
"It's time to end the silence. It's time to talk constructively about mental health with young people. It's time to say it out loud."
The "Say It Out Loud" tool-kit is free to download: www.nami.org/sayitoutloud.
Teens who see warning signs in themselves or friends need to take them seriously and know how to get help.
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"NAMI can provide the tools, but it's religious and civic leaders who can inspire broad conversations in their communities," said Giliberti.
"We need to reach out to teens who are looking for guidance or who themselves are leaders among their peers."
NAMI is the nation's largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and families affected by mental illness through research, education, support and advocacy.