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    15 Ways to Promote Mental Health

    Suicide in the United States has surged to the highest levels in nearly 30 years. Having suicidal thoughts or feelings can be frightening. Maybe you’re embarrassed to share your thoughts with others. Or, you’ve tried talking about it, but don’t feel anyone listened or understood. Please, don’t give up. Talk about it. Create a culture of kindness and a message of hope. If you, a friend, or family member is struggling emotionally, you, are not alone. Here are 15 ways to promote mental health.

    Ask, “Are you OK?”

    Say, “I love you”

    Talk about your feelings, no need to hide

    Give or provide moral support

    Make relaxation part of your everyday routine

    Trash your insecurities

    Challenge mental health stigma

    Promote self-acceptance

    Practice self-care

    Tap into your creativity! Art can be therapeutic

    Share why you’re grateful

    Find a reason to stay alive

    Do good—you’ll feel good

    Exercise to reduce stress

    Listen and offer hope

    For more information about preventing suicide, promoting mental health, and creating a message of hope, visit

    If you are in a crisis and want to talk on the phone, the number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-8255. Prefer to text? Text HELP to 741-741. It's the Crisis Text Line, available 24/7 in the USA.