"Spot The Signs. Talk About it. Get Help."
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Dear education stakeholders,

The Georgia Department of Behavioral Health & Developmental Disabilities, Office of Behavioral Health Prevention, has created a 30-second PSA promoting mental health awareness and reducing stigma.

"Spot the Signs. Talk About It. Get Help" encourages individuals all over the state to listen to one another, reach out, and encourage help-seeking for anyone struggling with mental or emotional issues.

Bringing this message to the youth and parents in Georgia’s schools is particularly important for keeping our families and communities mentally healthy and getting them help when needed. According to the Georgia Student Health Survey for the 2015-2016 school year, 8.7% of Georgia students grades 6th through 12th seriously considered attempting suicide in the last year, while 4.1% attempted suicide. 17% said they did not know another student they could talk to if feeling sad or down; 22% said they did not know an adult they could talk to if they needed help. 46% felt sad or withdrawn at some point in the last 30 days, and 1 in 5 experienced intense worries or fears that got in the way of daily activities.

We want our children and adolescents to thrive in their daily activities, in school and at home. Mental illness may negatively impact our students’ concentration, energy, social interactions, resilience to challenges or change, and ability to handle everyday life. Help us reach our families by posting this PSA on your school website and showing it in public school areas or in school announcements.

Prevention can go a long way towards ensuring a brighter future for our students. The PSA is available in a user-friendly format for use in offices, classrooms, on websites, and during presentations. Schools are encouraged to show this PSA regularly to their students, parents, and administrators.
The PSA can be viewed by clicking (here) .