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Youth Lead Conversation to Raise Mental Health Awareness

Tuesday, April 26, 2016
New “It’s Time to Let Help In” Campaign Combats Stigma

CONTACT:
Thomas Houston, III, (202) 821-9698, [email protected]

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) –The District of Columbia Department of Behavioral Health today launches its campaign to build awareness about youth mental health in the District. It’s Time to Let Help In will allow youth to shape the conversation about identifying mental health concerns, addressing stigma, and finding resources for help.

“Youth voice matters,” said Dr. Tanya A. Royster, MD, Director of the Department of Behavioral Health. “It’s also important for young people who are feeling anxious or overwhelmed to know they are not alone. We know that 20 percent of youth will face a mental health concern in their lifetime.”

The campaign will be visible throughout the District in the coming weeks.  During the Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day Walk on May 14, the upcoming online mental health challenge, and other community events, It’s Time to Let Help In will spread awareness about the importance of paying attention to the mental health and well-being of young people while combating stigma about mental health.

Using the hashtag #lethelpin, the campaign will have a strong social media presence. A new website LetHelpIn.com provides facts about the impact of mental illnesses on learning, family and social life and features stories in youth voices. The campaign will engage the community directly through flyers, direct mail, and multiple events.  In addition, select radio stations WKYS 93.9, MAJIC102.3, and PRAISE 104.1 will communicate with the community on-air and through key co-sponsored events.

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Department of Behavioral Health Website: dbh.dc.gov