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Words of Encouragement Campaign

Share a Message of Encouragement & Support

This summer, join us in brightening the lives of children and youth across Minnesota who are currently hospitalized with a mental health disorder. To participate:

1. Download and print a copy of this blank postcard.

2. Write a note of encouragement. (Unsure what to write? Click here for message ideas.)

3. Feel free to add color to the images.

4. Place the completed postcard in an envelope and address the envelope to:

Minnesota Association for Children’s Mental Health
23 Empire Drive, Suite 1000
St. Paul, MN 55103

5. Drop it in the mail!

Once we receive your postcard, we’ll deliver it to youth in Minnesota who are currently hospitalized with a mental health disorder.

Download a blank postcard to get started

(If you’re with a group of 10+, please reach out to Rachael Jacques and we will mail you a stack of postcards.)

What is Mental Health? | Supportive Message Ideas
Other Ways to Get Involved

What is mental health?

Something we all have! As we move through life, our emotions, thinking and behavior fluctuate. Sometimes we experience periods of feeling well-balanced, content and capable of navigating minor stressors. At other times, we may struggle with overwhelming feelings of sadness, anxiety, anger or fear and find it more difficult than normal to make decisions. All of these emotions are part of being human.

What are mental health disorders?

While big emotions affect all of us, if these feelings become more frequent, long-lasting and intense, and begin impacting how we’re able to function with friends, family and at work, this may be the start of a mental health disorder.

Though mental health disorders are sometimes believed to affect only a small number of people, they’re actually very common. About 1 in 5 children in the U.S. currently have or have had at some point in their life a mental health disorder. And in the last couple years, ongoing stress from the pandemic has caused rates of mental health disorders such as anxiety and depression to soar among children and teens.

Supportive Message Ideas

+ You are not alone
+ You are worthy and deserving
+ Give yourself credit for all you have done
so far
+ Sending good vibes and supportive thoughts your way
+ Keeping you in my thoughts in the
days ahead

+ Just wanted to send you a smile today
+ No one is you, that is your superpower
+ It is okay to not feel okay
+ Thinking of you in the days ahead
+ Each day is filled with new opportunities
for healing
+ You are a valued part of our community

The postcards below were completed as part of a project in partnership with Liberty Diversified International.

Other Ways to Get Involved

If you’re interested in exploring other ways to support our work, please reach out to Rachael Jacques. Learn more about the Minnesota Association for Children’s Mental Health here.