Let's Talk Mental Health

The Congressional Award has teamed up with both Otsuka and Ford Motor Company Fund to conduct free, interactive, virtual mental health workshops for young people in response to the impact on teens during the pandemic. The series of workshops has targeted students in Detroit, MI, Houston, TX, Kansas City, MO, and Tacoma, WA and on the national scale.

Each workshop brought together mental health professionals, middle school and high school students, and Members of Congress to discuss the importance of taking care of one’s mental health and ending the stigma around treating mental illness. Check out some highlights & resources from the events below, and come back for updates as we continue to #TalkMentalHealth with all of you!


Otsuka Mental & Emotional Health Webinar for Teens

Congressman Emanual Cleaver (MO-05), Mattie Rhodes Center, Mental Health Workshop

Congressman Adam Smith (WA-09), Kids Mental Health, Mental Health Workshop


Mattie Rhodes Center: Managing Stress

Mental Health America: Living Mentally Healthy

Kids Mental Health Pierce County: Resources

Need help Right now?

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255 (24/7)

The Trevor Project: 866-488-7386 (24/7)

The Trevor Project offers support to the LGBTQ young adult community. Both of the hotlines provided offer 24/7 help.

Crisis Text Line: Text SUPPORT to 741-741

The Crisis Text Line extends to everyone. Their goal “…is helping people move from a hot moment to a cool calm, guiding you to create a plan to stay safe and healthy. YOU = our priority.” 24/7 help is available.

National Alliance on Mental Illness: 1-800-950-6264

NAMI provides treatment options and programs. They wish to “raise awareness and provide support and education that was not previously available to those in need.” The NAMI hotline is available every Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

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