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Creating Community Solutions Evaluation Report

November 8, 2017

The National Dialogue on Mental Health (National Dialogue) was launched to give Americans a chance to learn more, from research and from each other, about mental health issues. People across the nation have organized community conversations to assess how mental health problems affect their communities and to discuss topics related to the mental health of young people. In a variety of ways, they have taken action to improve mental health in their families, schools and communities. These actions have encompassed the prevention of mental illness, promotion of mental health, public education and awareness, early identification, treatment, crisis response, and supports for recovery.

Several deliberative dialogue organizations, including Everyday Democracy, came together to form Creating Community Solutions (CCS) to support the National Dialogue. An evaluation of CCS was conducted to understand the extent to which a large-scale public conversation can lead to greater public awareness, education, and local action on mental health and what it takes to connect local conversations to issues of national significance. 

 

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