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How can I raise awareness about mental health issues in my community?

Motivated people can start an initiative, momentum may gather, and perhaps at some point a "champion" may bring additional attention and resources to bear. Survivors of suicide are speaking up; public leaders are beginning to share their own personal stories; and resources for effective programs are emerging. Initiatives in highly targeted, geographically specific areas, which are fertile ground for suicide prevention, are well advised to tailor specific messages and approaches that reflect cultural, age, and gender differences. The media and advocacy groups, ideally in collaboration, can play an important role in reducing the stigma and discrimination associated with mental illness and suicide, and thus in suicide prevention.

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