Emotional Health PSAs for Teens Released by the Campaign to Change Direction

Did you know that one in five people have a diagnosable mental health condition and half of all lifetime condition cases of mental disorders begin by the age of 14? The Campaign to Change Direction is looking to “change the direction” of mental health across generations. As a part of the campaign, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has created four public service announcements (PSAs) with the help of Give an Hour to create awareness around mental health so others can identify when a friend may be struggling.

This series of PSAs together aim to:

  1. Promote public education and awareness about mental health;
  2. Educate communities about the Five Signs of emotional suffering;
  3. Identify resources so that those in need can access help and
  4. Encourage compassion and support for individuals with mental health challenges.

One part of the series targets teens. Throughout the video, teens are guided through the reality that emotional suffering can be difficult to spot and even more difficult to talk about. There are five signs, according to the Campaign, to look for in order to identify if a friend or peer is suffering. These signs include personality change, agitation, withdrawal, poor self-care, and hopelessness. Passing along this information to your teens can help save a life! Be sure to check out the full PSA here and find out what additional resources are available to you and your organization!