Mental health awareness campaign uses texting to target teens, young adults.

A text-driven national mental health awareness campaign is targeting those 14- to 24-years old, an age group where more than half are struggling with mental health issues.

Teen mental health awareness by texting.

Teen mental health awareness by texting.

“It began in June 2013 when President Barack Obama called for a national conversation on mental health in response to the tragedy at Sandy Hook,” said Valeriano Ramos of Text, Talk, Act Campaign.

Students at East Granby High School are taking part in the unique approach to get them involved in breaking down the stigma of mental health. Tackling the uncomfortable subject starts with something they are comfortable with doing, texting to spark discussion.

“How many people have you tried to help with mental illnesses?” said sophomore Angelica Moquette. “It was surprising the facts that we got back. It was very few people that would actually stand up and help.”

“How many people don’t get treatment for mental illnesses, that boggles my mind,” said junior Ben Tuczinski. “It’s like 41-percent, 43-percent, that’s insane.”… [read more]

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