Just Tell One launches new website experience in alignment with May Mental Health Awareness Month

Thu, May 26, 2022 8:10 p.m.

New site offers an interactive database of mental and behavioral health resources, peer-to-peer video messaging and toolkits in eight different languages ​​to help young people aged 12-21

√ The JT1 discussion guide program for students was relaunched alongside the new website to help bring mental health conversations into the classroom

Just Tell One – a public awareness initiative of WNY’s Mental Health Advocates (MHA) – has launched its new website to coincide with the recognition of May as Mental Health Awareness Month. The updated site provides an interactive database of mental and behavioral health resources in all eight Western New York counties. Downloadable toolkits in eight different languages ​​are available to help young people struggling with a mental health or addiction issue get advice on starting a conversation with a trusted adult. The site also features a new series of peer-to-peer videos.

At the same time, Just Tell One has also relaunched its JT1 discussion guide program for students to bring the conversation about mental health into the classroom.

“The collective trauma of the past two years has only compounded an existing mental and behavioral health crisis, creating a new level of anxiety and uncertainty – especially among young people,” said the chief executive of the MHA, Melinda DuBois. “The updated Just Tell One website and JT1 discussion guide program for students are examples of how, as an agency, MHA is making it a priority to expand existing services to reach more young people mainly where they spend their time – in schools and online.

Toolkits for depression, alcohol abuse, drug addiction and suicidal thoughts can be downloaded to any internet-connected device so individuals can learn more. They are available in Arabic, Bengali, Burmese, English, Karen, Nepali, Somali and Spanish to help ensure support from communities of all cultures. Long-form videos from local mental health and addictions professionals, as well as videos from youth peers, are embedded throughout the site. With over 5 million views, these videos highlight the importance of finding someone you trust to talk to. There is also a section on how to help those who may be called upon to be that trusted person. Some videos may be viewed and used for reporting here.

“Just Tell One has always been about peers talking to peers, sharing their experiences and struggles, and how important it is to find someone to talk to,” said Just Tell One director, Carol Doggett. “Validating the concerns and experiences of young people, and offering guidance through positive messaging, is central to our efforts in reaching young people across multiple digital platforms.”

The JT1 Discussion Guide Program for Students is a six-class course that meets the criteria of the New York State Mental Health Education Act. Aimed at middle and high school students, it brings the conversation about mental health into the classroom or into extracurricular activities. Using a series of progressive topics to facilitate small group discussions, the program helps students recognize behavior and mental health issues and how to connect with a trusted person for support – or be that trusted person. for someone else.

A press release said, “The original campaign, JustTellOne.org, was launched in 2016 with a mission to give youth and young adults in Western New York the tools and confidence to start the conversation with someone they trust about their mental or behavioral health issues. The initiative provides resources to at-risk individuals who may be suffering from depression, anxiety, substance abuse and suicidal thoughts. By recognizing the power of a conversation, young people can seek help as soon as possible, which increases the use of intervention services and decreases the likelihood that a problem will turn into a life-changing crisis. .

To learn more about Just Tell One’s mission, become a trusted person, or find support services in Western New York, visit JustTellOne.org. Individuals can follow Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube to stay up to date with the campaign.

Just Tell One was developed with support from the Erie County Prevention Council and organizations representing Niagara, Orleans, Erie, Genesee, Wyoming, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, and Counties. Allegany.

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