During the Super Bowl, a public service announcement (PSA) will be aired, titled “Fake”, by the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. The PSA aims to raise awareness about mental health and suicide among men, reminding people that they do not need to hide their emotions and that help is available. According to behavioral health expert Jeff Dismukes, the timing and platform of the Super Bowl will help reach a larger audience and promote discussions about mental health in a unique way.
The three digits 988 could potentially save a life, according to Dismukes. In addition to providing support during crisis situations, 988 can also help individuals connect with services in their community. This number has the potential to save even more lives, especially with the airing of the PSA during the Super Bowl.
Dismukes emphasizes the importance of reaching out for help and praises the positive impact that the ad can bring. He encourages people to access the right resources at the right time, as this often leads to positive outcomes. Oklahoma is setting an example for the rest of the nation in normalizing mental health and taking steps to address behavioral health issues.
The PSA will be aired during the Super Bowl and aims to spread awareness about mental health and the availability of resources. By calling or texting 988, individuals can connect with trained professionals who can help them access the right resources in their community. If you want to learn more about the PSA or 988, you can find more information on the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services website.