San Francisco to hold teen mental health forum

SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — An event will be held Tuesday night to open a dialogue about teen mental health.  The event is hosted by the Text, Talk, Act campaign which was birthed from President Obama’s call for national attention on mental health awareness following the tragic Sandy Hook shooting.

The campaign is a text-message enabled non-profit initiative targeted to young people.  Here’s how it works: Participants gather at any time, on either day, in small groups (3-4 people) with one cell phone per group.  They text the word “START” to the number 89800* and receive a series of text messages that guide the group through a 45 minute conversation on mental health.

The groups are texted discussion topics on mental health and offer support to those in need.

The event will be held from 4:30pm-7pm at 575 Market Street, Suite 1750; San Francisco, CA 94105, and will be hosted by Joan Blades, founder of MoveOn.org.

There will be additional, nationwide Text, Talk, Act events on Thurs., May 7th, in collaboration with SAMHSA’s National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day.

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