Culture Change

We are at a crossroads when it comes to how our society addresses mental health. We know that one in five of our citizens has a diagnosable mental health condition and that more Americans are expected to die this year by suicide than in car accidents. While many of us are comfortable acknowledging publicly our physical suffering, for which we almost always seek help, many more of us privately experience mental suffering, for which we almost never reach out.

The Campaign to Change Direction

The goal of the Campaign to Change Direction is to change the culture of mental health so that all of those in need receive the care and support they deserve. The Campaign encourages everyone to pay attention to their emotional wellbeing – and it reminds us that our emotional well-being is just as important as our physical well-being. We provide the tools, the Five Signs of Emotional Suffering and the Healthy Habits of Emotional Wellbeing, so that we all have a common language to identify when someone is suffering and how we can stay emotionally healthy.

180 Playbook Project

Actress Stephanie Szostak joins Give an Hour to launch a mental health project, The 180 Playbook, to help turn negative thoughts into positive, hopeful ones. We all have doubts, fears, anxieties, and negative thoughts that get in the way of living our best life and remaining in the present. This 180 Playbook is your own personal cheerleader to keep your mind healthy and intentions clear. Watching/reading your Playbook regularly as a daily healthy habit will help maintain, revive, and inspire your self-care routine.

320 Changes Direction

The idea for 320 was born out of Talinda Bennington’s personal experience and the recognition that we can do better to address the needs of those who are suffering with mental health concerns and addiction. We need to streamline access to the help that IS available. And we need to change the culture of mental health so that those in need – and their family members – are able to speak openly about their struggles so that they can seek the care they deserve.

Change Direction Initiatives

Throughout the last 6 years, Change Direction has launched new initiatives to change the culture of mental health by reaching all aspects of our society.