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Talking About Mental Health

Updated: Mar 22, 2023

Here at My Voice Media Center, we strive to reduce the stigma that exists around the topic of mental health. By learning how to talk about mental health we can better understand and care for each other. Talking about mental health helps us communicate the needs of each other and when a time to help someone arises you will have the necessary tools.


My Voice Media Center in collaboration with Tulare County Health and Human Services aims to provide our peers with resources and other opportunities for wellness and recovery. The MVMC project like others, Turning Point, the TEY program, the Visalia and Porterville Wellness Centers, and many more strive to make others feel welcome to talk about their mental health.


Resource Fair 2022 at the Visalia Wellness Center:

Turning Point talks about Mental Health
Visalia Wellness Center's Resources Fair 2022

Visalia Wellness Center's Resources Fair 2022



How can I talk about mental health?


There are many ways to learn how to talk about mental health and practice. One way is to find resources online that can help you understand your mental health. Worksheets, a WRAP plan, and much more can also be discussed with the Peer Support Specialist at My Voice Media Center.


Here are some resources...


Let's learn!


  1. Talk with your friend and look for signs. These signs may include isolation, following negative and dangerous things on social media, irritable behavior, anger, worry, and abusive behaviors.

  2. Start a genuine conversation. Let a person know you care by just asking if they want to talk. Find a good time to talk where it is easy to listen.

  3. Just Listen. Let the person know that you care and that is what you are there for, to listen. Don't make any promises or suggestions that you can't keep. Be trustworthy. (Just being a listener can sometimes be the only thing a person needed.) If they show signs of needing more help, make suggestions and use empathy.

  4. Sometimes it takes more than a conversation. Staying connected and asking how a person is feeling the next time you see them is important. Provide them with resources you found that may help them.


What is having "no stigma"?


Reducing stigma means that a person has no bias towards mental health and they are able to talk openly with empathy for another who may be suffering or has had a mental illness in the past. We have no stigma by lending a helping hand or listening to one another through our journey in wellness and recovery.


We are all here for each other and want the best, supporting ourselves at My Voice Media Center by sharing our stories and learning new skills in the art field.


Crisis Intervention Training Dec 2021
Sheila; Crisis Intervention Training Dec 2021

NSSB Presentation 2021
Susan and Sheila at a No Stigma Speaker's Bureau presentation

Come and see the support that My Voice Media Center has in store for your wellness and recovery.


We provide FREE Art Sessions for adults with a lived experience along with their support, a family member or friend. The art session we provide are centered in the journey through mental health and conducted by some very talented artists in the community.


Stop by for a calendar and our easy enrollment. We do not require proof of any kind.

 




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