Awareness: Okay to Say™
A core mission of the Meadows Institute is to reduce and eliminate the stigma associated with mental illness and promote open discussion about mental health care. Initiated in 2016, our award-winning Okay to Say campaign has reached millions of people across Texas and beyond, encouraging them to speak up about mental health concerns and to share hope through open and honest conversations with trusted family members and friends.
Our current initiatives include
- Partnering with companies, organizations, and schools across Texas and beyond to foster healthy conversations about mental health and create connections to mental health resources.
- Developing a state-wide Okay to Say Mental Health Girl Scout patch program in partnership with the Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas. This patch is designed to help girls develop greater social and emotional confidence and learn how emotions and thoughts can impact their own behavior and the behavior of others.
- Hosting local screenings of the documentary Angst, a hopeful film about teenagers and anxiety, paired with engaging expert-led discussions for high school and college students, and families.
- Connecting our community to mental health resources and support through okaytosay.org, including guidance for those supporting a loved one with a mental illness, resources for parents and caregivers, and ways to stay mentally healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic and recovery.
- Sharing hope, inspiration, and resources to those experiencing mental health issues, and their loved ones, through social media, including the monthly Facebook Live and Instagram Live series, Let’s Talk: Coping with COVID-19.