Public Health & Wellness
The Campaign to Change Direction is a public health initiative focused on changing the culture of mental health and encourages everyone to care for their mental well-being just as they do their physical well-being.
Since 2018 the Hospital Association of Rhode Island has been working with state and local leaders to bring this initiative into communities across Rhode Island. The Campaign to Change Direction is a coordinated public health initiative designed to help change the way we understand and value mental health through the use of a common language known as the “Five Signs of Emotional Suffering” and the "Five Healthy Habits of Emotional Well-being"
“An essential first step in normalizing the conversations we are having with family, friends and coworkers regarding our own mental health....we need to be able to talk about our mental health as easily we would our physical health.”
- Teresa Paiva Weed, HARI President
Campaign to Change Direction
To learn more about our partnership with the City of Providence and Providence Public Schools