Help Change the Direction of Mental Health:
Learn the Five Signs of Emotional Suffering

One in five people in the United States has a diagnosable mental health condition.1

Did you know half of all lifetime cases of mental disorders begin by age 14?2 The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) produced four public service announcements (PSAs) as part of a co-sponsorship agreement with Give an Hour for the Campaign to Change Direction. The PSAs are designed to:

  1. Promote public education and awareness about mental health
  2. Educate our communities about the Five Signs of emotional suffering
  3. Identify resources so that those in need can access help
  4. Encourage compassion and support for individuals with mental health challenges

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1Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (2016). Key substance use and mental health indicators in the United States: Results from the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (HHS Publication No. SMA 16-4984, NSDUH Series H-51). Rockville, MD. Retrieved from
2 R. C. Kessler, W. T. Chiu, O. Demler, K.R. Merikangas, E. E. Walters. “Prevalence, Severity, and Comorbidity of Twelve-Month DSM-IV Disorders in the National Comorbidity Survey Replication.” Arch. Gen. Psych. June 2005 62(6):617-627.
These :30 and :60 youth PSA spots are subject to contractual agreement with the Screen Actors Guild and may not be broadcast or used in any manner after April 18, 2017.