Conversation Starters

Breaking stigma, one conversation at a time. Just one conversation. That is all it could take to save a life, to throw a lifeline, to help someone else open up, to let someone know you are there to listen and understand.

Take action by taking the pledge to end the stigma against mental illness. Sign our pledge wall and add your voice to the movement.

Ways to Start the Conversation and Join the Campaign

  • Attend one of MHA Central Carolina’s’ monthly “Mental Health Matters: It’s time to talk” Coffee & Conversation campaign events, scheduled October 2013-May 2014. Visit our registration page for details.
  • Host a “mental health matters” conversation at your local coffee shop or home with friends or family and about mental illness; share your story, share facts and dispel myths, or offer help or support. Then tweet about it, upload a picture/video or share some of the comments you receive and email us at mha@mhacentralcarolinas.org.
  • Sign up for MHA’s Mental Health First Aid and QPR Suicide Prevention trainings to learn how to recognize signs and symptoms when help is needed and how to provide support to someone in crisis.
  • Become a friend to an adult in a mental health recovery program. Compeer program volunteers are trained and screened for a one-to-one match with same gender adults who share common interests. Learn more about Compeer.
  • Like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter @MHAofCC.

So how do you talk to someone about mental illness? It isn’t hard…just start talking. It’s time to talk about mental illness and take it out of the shadows.

Conversation Starters can be as simple as. . .


  • How is your day?
  • How are you feeling?
  • How are you doing?
  • Can I help?
  • Call me, let’s go to lunch or hang out.
  • I am here to listen if you need a friend.
  • I can be there if you need me.
  • It’s okay to talk about it, I struggle too.
  • I’ll go with you to get help.

Join with MHA in shattering the stigma and restoring respect to those who live with mental illness.