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Free Your Feels Campaign Resources
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Resources for Initiators
Mental Health Resources
MyGCAL: 24/7/365 chat service for crisis support and dispatch of mobile crisis support teams
The Trevor Project: 24/7/365 support and information for LGBTQ+ youth by trained counselors
988: an alternative phone service to 911 that connects the caller to suicide prevention and mental health crisis support and services
NotOK App: this is a digital panic button that informs up to 5 people that you are "not ok" and you are alerting them to check in on you
Target Audience Resources
Social Media Resources
Share social media content from the official Free Your Feels social media pages.
Resources for Builders
Mental Health Trainings
Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA)
YMHFA is a course that teaches you how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders.
Question. Persuade. Refer.
Question. Persuade. Refer. are the three simple steps anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide. QPR can be learned in as little as an hour.
Sources of Strength
Sources of Strength is a comprehensive, and customizable, evidence-based wellness program that focuses on suicide prevention but also impacts other aspects of mental health.
Georgia System of Care
System of Care offers various training programs through its partners. You can find training specifically for youth, parents, professionals, as well as some open to everyone. Many of these are free of charge.
How to Create a Quiet Room
How to Create Your Own Graphics
A quiet room is a place that children can retreat to when they feel overwhelmed and overloaded by the sensory input from the immediate environment. Click for some suggestions.
Both Canva and Piktochart are user-friendly, free web-based programs that can be used to create custom graphics, flyers, and other marketing collateral.
Year-Long Social Media Calendar
The Free Your Feels Social Press Kit offers a year's worth of predesigned social media graphics and suggested copy and post it directly to your social media accounts. See the full calendar here.
Social Media Best Practices
Always try to post a photo to grab your followers' attention.
Use the hashtag #FreeYourFeels.
Post frequently to keep your followers engaged.
Reputable Data Sources
There are several reputable sources in which you will find state and federal resources to access data. These data illustrate the mental health experiences of those in your community.
Georgia Student Health Survey Dashboard: data on how Georgia students respond to survey questions about school safety, school climate, peer and adult social support, bullying, mental health, substance abuse, and suicidal ideation
OASIS: a suite of interactive tools used to access the Georgia Department of Public Health
Behavioral Health Barometer: Georgia: a state-specific publication from SAMHSA that reports data on mental health and substance use for youth and adults
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH): lead federal agency for research on mental disorders
Office of Minority Mental Health: dedicated to improving the health of racial and ethnic minority populations through the development of health policies and programs that will help eliminate health disparities
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): national public health agency of the United States
Resources for Sustainers
How to Identify a Youth Leader
Peer-to-Peer programs help schools and other organizations create a safer and more nurturing environment to help support youth's social and emotional needs and general well-being.
Youth Leaders are game changers in your quest to reach the young people in your community. Teens are most comfortable talking to peers and youth leaders can fill this role.
Teen-created Free Your Feels content is provided by the youth of VOX ATL
Teens: Free Your Feels
An introduction to the campaign
Free Your Feels
by Getting Grounded
Teen-led grounding techniques for anyone to practice and embrace
Teens Free Your Feels with VOX
Izzy, Cayla, Dinah, and Jaylen share articles that connect with real teens' mental health stories
How to Make Free Your Feels Content
Teens share how to create Free Your Feels content to be part of this mental health awareness campaign
More teen-created YouTube videos:
At the inaugural Teen Summit in September of 2022, teen participants answered two prompts related to the Free Your Feels campaign.
This panel was created for youth to engage in authentic and uncensored conversations with their peers about their mental health and wellness. Teens had the opportunity to ask questions during a Q&A portion.