Please join us on Valentine’s Day, Friday, February 14th, by taking a few minutes anytime during the day, to reach out to someone you care about – in person or by phone, e-mail, text, or Skype. (It’s a way to express love and caring that’s better than a greeting card or chocolates!)

We got the idea from our colleagues in the U.K., where a million people participated in such one-to-one conversations on Feb. 6th, to challenge the stigma and discrimination around this subject. As the Brits say: We want to get more people talking about mental health than ever before. And we need your help to get there! We’d love you to be a part of the big conversation. Their beautiful website is:, where you’ll find brief video vignettes of people doing this, how-to suggestions to assure your success, and answers to any questions you might have. Spending a few minutes there is an Instant Boost to your Emotional Intelligence!

Of course, mental health conditions often require professional care by expert, dedicated professionals — and one of our objectives is to make such care more available.

But all of us can contribute significantly by raising awareness, reducing the stigma — and offering, when it’s wanted, simple friendship, listening, caring, and empathy.

So please join us on Valentine’s Day by making meaningful contact with someone who would welcome your interest.

Of course we’d love to hear from you about your experience in this experiment in caring.

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