Campaign Tells Teens With Mental Illness It’s ‘OK2TALK’

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A national TV and radio campaign hopes to boost awareness about mental health issues among teens.

The day before his 22nd birthday, Garrett Smith had had enough. The college student swallowed a handful of sleeping pills and hanged himself in his closet, ending a long struggle with depression and forcing his parents, former senator Gordon Smith and his wife, Sharon, to consider whether they had done enough to coax their son out of depression.

A decade and one youth suicide-prevention bill later, his father, now head of the National Association of Broadcasters, is launching a multimillion-dollar television and radio campaign to encourage young adults to open up about their experiences with mental illness.

by Fatimah Waseem, USA TODAY

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