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If you're reading this, you might be wondering what YOU can do for your community. To give you the tools to help others, we created the Ambassador program. We also made a set of "digital posters" which you can download below. Posting these to your Snapchat or Instagram stories can spread these important messages to hundreds of your peers, and they're pretty cool too!

We're co-sponsoring a video PSA contest with the Gandhi Brigade and hope you'll enter.  Winning PSAs will be shown in local movie theaters.  Find out more by clicking on the image.


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Help someone struggling - an overview

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Validation: a life skill in 30 sections - overview

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Validation: a life skill in 30 seconds

So often, we like to give people unsolicited advice or minimize their problems.

For example, someone complains about a boyfriend and we tell them "he sucks anyway" or "you should break up with him."

While well-meaning, this isn't helpful. When people complain, more often than anything they want someome to understand them.

Imagine if instead you said "that sucks, I know he means so much to you."

Hearing that would feel so much better, wouldn't it? That's validation.

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Validation: 3 steps in detail

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Validation: a life skill in 30 seconds

STEP 1: Agree with the truth of someone's situation. This can mean thoughts, feelings, or actions. For example, you can agree that they're in pain or that they care about someone. Remember that you ony have to agree with the truth. For example, to validate someone feeling hopeless you don't have to agree that there is no hope.

STEP 2: Show deeper understanding. Look for how someone's feelings make sense given their past experiences or state of mind. It makes sense for someone to care about their boyfriend if they've dated for a while.

STEP 3: Check for understanding. Ask: "Is that right?" Nothing is worse than someone misunderstanding your feelings. By checking, you give the person a chance to correct your interpretation.

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64 percent - that's the percent of youth with depression who don't get treatment.

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That's the percent of youth with depression who don't get treatment.

You are loved and you are valued. If you're struggling, please help yourself and talk to a professional.

Getting enough sleep is crucial for good mental health.

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Getting enough sleep is crucial for good mental health. Studies found that 70% of cases of depression followed periods of insufficient sleep.

Thank you for telling me

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"Thank you for telling me - I know it's not always easy."

"Have you thought about finding support? Maybe I could help you look."

"Wanna get together and go shopping on Friday?"

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Did you know? 42% of suicides involve relationship problems

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Did you know?

42% of suicides involve relationship problems.

Know someone going through a breakup? Pay attention and check in on them.

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Text messages

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Text Message: Don't forget to come at 6

Text Message: Hey

Text Message: I'm really struggling right now I didn't tell you

Text Message: It's just not getting better

Do you know what to say?

How about:

"What you're going through seems really hard. Anyway I can help?"

"Can you tell more more about how you're feeling? I'll do my best to understand.""

"I have noticed you seem to be doing better lately. Is that how it feels for you?"

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A group of organizations in Montgomery County, Maryland, working to raise awareness and save lives.

EveryMind Family Services, Inc. Montgomery County Government Montgomery County Public Schools
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