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A teen campaign raising awareness on how to be mindful when using language related to mental health.

The goal

Raise awareness, reduce stigma, and educate teens on how to speak mindfully to avoid language that undermines people’s valid experiences with mental illness. This campaign is run by teens.


Recognize. Notice how you or others are using mental health terms in your everyday conversation. Is it being used as an insult?

Have Courage. It takes a lot of bravery to confront yourself or a peer once you identify a problem. Have the courage not to undermine other people’s valid experiences with mental illness.

Persist. It takes time to build a habit. So don’t give up.


  • Stay up-to-date on pledge progress and the latest teen mental health news!

Help us reach 1,000 pledges!


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Speak Mindfully poster about Depression

Speak Mindfully poster about bi-polar

Speak Mindfully poster about triggered


About us

CHC’s Teen Mental Health Committee is a place for teens to voice ideas, develop solutions, and take collective action to address teen mental health and suicide in the community.

This group works to:

  • Create a powerful forum for teen voice and action, including creating opportunities for teens to talk with teens from different high schools about their thoughts and experiences related to mental health
  • Empower teens to create positive change in their schools and communities related to mental health
  • Incorporate youth voice and gain teen input regarding CHC’s teen initiative ideas in order better target our programming to teens’ needs

The Teen Mental Health Committee is part of CHC’s Teen Mental Health Initiative. The group is led by teens from various local high schools and mentored by Bridget McCormick, LMFT and CHC’s Anna Parnes, PhD and Christine Wang, MEd.