'Okay to Say' Expands Conversation on Mental Health - NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

'Okay to Say' Expands Conversation on Mental Health



    Emmitt Smith Talks About Mental Illness

    NFL Hall of Famer Emmitt Smith is part of a grassroots movement aimed at breaking the stigma of mental illness. The Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute has launched "Okay to Say," a grassroots movement aimed at expanding the conversation on mental health disorders and helping people find effective treatment. Smith is featured in a series of public service announcements and he talked with NBC 5's Bianca Castro about the movement's importance. (Published Thursday, May 19, 2016)

    NBC 5 invites you to join Okay to Say, a community-based grassroots movement in the discussion to increase public awareness of mental health issues and the effective treatments available for mental illness.

    A lack of hope, knowledge and common misperceptions are often some of the challenges people with mental illnesses face. As a result, too many people with a treatable mental illness suffer alone and try to solve the problem themselves.

    Okay to Say wants those suffering with a mental illness to know that they are not alone.

    Join the movement and break the cycle by sharing stories and talking openly about mental health. The statewide effort launched with Emmitt Smith and Mark Cuban encourages Texans to add their voice through a social media campaign by simply adding their name to the pledge at okaytosay.org. Supporters can also share stories of how mental illness has affected them or a loved one, include statements of support, and add photos or videos.

    Okay To Say

    [DFW 07/01/16] Okay To Say
    Discussing Okay to Say, a community based movement aimed at increasing public awareness about mental health issues that affect Texans and the effective treatments available, as well as the challenges and successes people encounter when they seek help for this treatable disease with Tom Luce, the Founder of the Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute, and Jennifer Sampson, the President and CEO of United Way of Metropolitan Dallas.
    (Published Monday, May 23, 2016)

    Okay to Say is sponsored by the Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that supports the implementation of policies and programs to help Texans obtain effective, efficient mental health care when and where needed.

    For more information about the Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute, please visit texasstateofmind.org. To join the Okay to Say movement, visit okaytosay.org.

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