Campaign Encourages South OC to “Promise to Talk” About Mental Health

When it comes to health, peoples’ minds deserve the same attention as their bodies. That’s why Mission Hospital has locally implemented Each Mind Matters, California’s Mental Health Movement, in south Orange County. The initiative is uniting millions of individuals from OC and throughout the state to share a vision of improved mental health and equality for all.

In collaborating with Each Mind Matters, Mission Hospital is taking a unique approach through public outreach that actively encourages residents to “Promise to Talk” openly and honestly about mental health. This message and call to action is being shared through in-neighborhood visits by outreach teams, community event participation, bus advertising, door-to-door canvassing, local print and broadcast public service announcements, and more.

Now in its second year, the campaign is reminding people that starting conversations in a safe way means making a promise to both talk and listen. Doing so leads to early support and help that can reduce needless suffering and saves lives. According to the team of experts at Mission Hospital, a conversation is a great first step to help connect with one another about our thoughts and feelings. A simple talk or call is a meaningful start to let someone know they are understood and that someone is truly listening to them.

A signature program element for Mission Hospital’s local Each Mind Matters effort is a park bench adorned in lime green, the national color for mental health awareness. The portable bench and display is a reminder about the importance of starting a caring conversation about mental health in a safe, comfortable and familiar space.

The lime green bench appears regularly at local south Orange County events, civic centers, community facilities, schools, shopping areas, events and more. It functions as a local icon for mental health and support. Some of the past locations include visits to the Family Assistance Ministries (FAM) in San Clemente, Laguna Beach Susi Q Senior Center, Capistrano Valley High School, Mission Viejo Library and more. To see when the bench is coming to your neighborhood in 2017, go to PromiseToTalk.org!

Community members are encouraged to make their “Promise to Talk” today. Individuals may make a promise at PromiseToTalk.org, through @PromiseToTalk via Facebook or Twitter, or in person at events where Mission Hospital is participating with Each Mind Matters. To date, several thousand south Orange County residents have already made their promise!

For tips on how to start a conversation, or to learn more about local mental health services, go to PromiseToTalk.org.