#OnTheTable2016 #BreakTheSilence
April 15, 2016

Thank you for helping us #BreakTheSilence, On The Table 2016.

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  1. Fight Stigma, Break the Silence, Raise Awareness
  2. Cultivate a culture of compassion, support and connected community
  3. Demonstrate public support for action on mental health


  1. Engage hundreds of hosts & thousands of people across Illinois in mealtime conversations about mental health on May 10, 2016.
  2. Report results of conversations by reporting key data, including the concerns and commitments that people are taking to address mental health challenges and priority issues.


  1. REGISTER TO HOST. Please select ‘Kennedy Forum’ as your partner organization.
  2. Identify and invite individuals you think would benefit from this conversation, either as a host or a guest.
  3. Host a conversation May 10, 2016, and help us realize our goal to fight the stigma and break the silence.


The Toolkit includes the following documents:

  1. FAQs on the #BreakTheSilence initiative
  2. Sample Host Invitation
  3. Sample Guest Invitation
  4. A backgrounder to help with invitations and conversation context
  5. A 2-page infographic summary of the recent Illinois statewide poll results on mental health
  6. Community conversation guides on mental health by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  7. Community conversation information brief
  8. The Kennedy Forum’s Report on 2015 Community Conversations about mental health and addiction
  9. About The Kennedy Forum Illinois

We are ecstatic to field so many calls and requests from people of all walks of life, willing to host a conversation and connect with their family, friends, and co-workers. Please join them, help fight the stigma, break the silence, and become a part of the solution.