Teenagers in the United States are experiencing a mental health crisis. With soaring rates of anxiety, depression, self-harm, and suicide, for many, the situation is often life or death – until now. Our Turn to Talk is a first-of-its-kind community of teen-led storytellers with a new vision to end the stigma surrounding mental health. Backed by Emmy®-Award winning Director and Principle Pictures Founder, Beth Murphy, filmmaker Patrice Howard, and a network of mental health professionals and partners, Our Turn to Talk is at the forefront of a paradigm shift, leading a National Impact Campaign to bring voice, healing, and pathways to care to millions of teenagers.
The National Impact Campaign is a holistic anti-stigma initiative built on three critical pillars: shifting attitudes through storytelling, leveraging media to amplify these conversations, and strengthening systems of care for mental health in school-based settings. Designed for teenagers and families, school counselors, and administrators, these programs have already proven to be successful in reducing stigmatized beliefs about those managing mental illness and increasing empathy amongst audiences.
With suicide as the second-leading cause of death for ages 10-24, there has never been a more pressing need and a more opportune time to support our nation’s young people. In mental health, one size does not fit all. Our new vision reflects a moral imperative to act, to meet today’s pressing need. Your gift allows us to seize this critical moment to bring essential resources directly to young people – when and where they need it, ultimately changing – and saving—lives. We invite you to join our ambitious vision.