#wishyouknew Mental Health Campaign

The Washtenaw County Health Department has teamed up with Washtenaw County Community Mental Health to design a campaign to address community concerns around youth mental health and reducing stigma. We spent the summer of 2019 asking Washtenaw residents what mental health means to their communities and what they hope to see in a campaign. We’re excited to share back what we’ve learned from community voices and how they shaped the proposal for the “Wish You Knew” Campaign. 

Driven by community conversations, the new county-wide campaign aims to address the disconnect between youth and adults by promoting regular and open communication about mental health. Through artwork and video storytelling the “Wish You Knew” Campaign will reflect what youth wish adults knew about their mental health and how parents and caregivers can support open communication. It aims to spark honest and supportive conversations, and to spread hope that if we can share our truth with trusted people in our life, we can begin to heal.

The campaign is funded by the Washtenaw County Mental Health and Public Safety Preservation Millage. Community members expressed interest in anti-stigma campaign work as part of public conversations around the millage.

Outreach Summary & Campaign Proposal

Thank you to the 300+ community  members who provided input through community conversations, focus groups, and our online survey. Find our full outreach report and campaign proposal, as well as a 2-page summary below.

Be one of the faces of  #wishyouknew

We’re moving forward quickly with the artwork element of the campaign with the help of our fantastic campaign artist, Lauren Mills. We need YOU to help the campaign artwork reflect youth and adults of our Washtenaw communities. We're looking for Washtenaw residents (middle-school aged through adulthood) who'd like their face to inspire a piece of artwork in the campaign. If selected, your photo will inspire a visual art piece (see sample below).

Your Face HERE over artistic sketch of a face

Here’s what we’d need from you:

  1. Email Kayla Steinberg a favorite photo of yourself -- could be a portrait, posed, or candid.
  2. Include in the email a signed photo release (Word). You can scan it or take a photo of it. If you’re under 18, we’ll need a parent or guardian signature.

What you’ll get out of inspiring a face of #WishYouKnew:

  1. A digital copy and framed print of the you-inspired artwork
  2. Raffle entry for sweet campaign merch
  3. Knowing you’ve helped this campaign reflect Washtenaw communities

We may not be able to make stylized graphics of all the photos we receive, however, we hope to use these photos in other elements of the campaign as well (possibly a photo collage).

Have a mental health question or need?

Call Washtenaw County Community Mental Health's CARES team 24/7: 734-544-3050. Serving all of Washtenaw County.