Mental Health Awareness Month – May 2023

Start the Conversation for Mental Health Awareness Month

May is Mental Health Awareness Month! Lines for Life and our community partners are celebrating by highlighting ways to Start the Conversation – in our schools, communities, workplaces, and more.

Community leaders across Oregon and beyond are joining us to Start the Conversation in their own corners of the world – from Portland schools and neighborhoods to rural community gatherings.

Strong social ties within communities and neighborhoods are shown to boost mental health. Together, we are creating safe spaces where people can talk openly about their mental health, inspire hope, and promote mental wellness.

Why do we need to talk about mental health?

1 in 5 US adults live with a mental illness – and everyone has mental and emotional health. When you take a moment to start real, non-judgmental conversations about mental health, everyone can benefit.

Not only that, but studies show that asking someone if they are feeling suicidal does not increase suicides or suicidal thoughts – in fact, findings suggest the opposite! When you Start the Conversation, you can take a step toward breaking the stigma around mental health, suicide, substance use, and more.

See How Others Start the Conversation

For Mental Health Awareness Month, we are exploring examples of our community partners, staff members, and leaders in mental health who are taking the necessary steps to Start the Conversation and promote mental health for all.

How can YOU Start the Conversation?

It’s not just our community leaders making a difference – anyone can Start the Conversation in their own circles! You can Start the Conversation by simply asking, “How are you really?” or sharing how you’ve been feeling lately.

Supportive and meaningful relationships help build resilience and well-being – a conversation with an understanding friend or loved one can often help heavy thoughts feel lighter. Identify a loved one you can lean on for support – or offer to be there for someone in your life.

Get Support for Your Mental Health

We know it may not always be easy or possible to Start the Conversation with those around you. If you have mental health concerns and aren’t sure who to reach out to, we’re here to help. Our crisis and emotional support helplines are available 24/7.

Learn more about our services and get help now.

Register for Training

Want to Start the Conversation around mental health? Want to be prepared if someone reaches out to you seeking support, but not quite sure where to start? We provide virtual and in-person training opportunities for anyone who wants to learn how to assess suicide risk and refer others to appropriate resources.

If you, your organization or community want to develop crisis intervention skills, learn more about our upcoming trainings.

Training is available to anyone who wants to help others in crisis – you do not need to be a behavioral health professional.