EDUCATE & INFORM
Educate yourself and others in the community by reviewing and sharing resources.
- Read the Discussion Guide and Action Toolkit.
- Read the For the Sake of All Brief: How can we improve mental health in St. Louis?
- Read the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s issue brief on Mental Health Parity.
Listen and View:
- Listen to the St. Louis Public Radio podcast: We Live Here on the effects of toxic stress.
- Watch the documentary A New State of Mind: Ending the Stigma of Mental Illness, available online.
- Check out the Mental Health Channel. Available online as a tool to raise awareness, this free resource offers 94 short episodes on mental health disorders and treatment topics.
- Learn more about the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study and how factors such as abuse, neglect, or family dysfunction can affect behavioral health throughout life.
- If you interact with youth and teens, whether as a parent, coach, educator, or mentor, explore Mental Health America of Eastern Missouri’s toolkits on warning signs and other mental health topics.
- Attend an Alive and Well STL training. Training programs are available for a number of different audiences, including community members, organizations, and health care professionals. Programs range from one hour to multiple days in length.
- Participate in the Hear Our Voices, hosted by Places for People. This public awareness campaign gives listeners the chance to gain a better understanding of what people living with schizophrenia experience.
- Take a Mental Health First Aid course to learn the warning signs for behavioral health problems.
- Host a discussion in your organization, faith community, or community group about behavioral health. In addition to the resources provided here, a toolkit is available for download at MentalHealth.gov.
- Explore the Calls to Action in the Ferguson Commission report focused on improving behavioral health in our region, including Building Safe and Trauma-Informed Environments and Increasing Access to Care for Children.