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Hey. Let’s Talk: The Game for Your Mental Health

During these days of self-isolation, it is important to check in with yourself.

“What is a song that makes you feel less alone?”

“What realizations have you had that you wish you could tell the you from 5 years ago?”

“Have you ever experienced loss? How did you cope?”

These questions and more are asked in the ArtWorks game, Hey. Let’s Talk, designed in 2018 by local artist Kate Tepe and 6 youth apprentices: Ezra Cline, Hannah Feibelman, William Humason, Charlie Keiser, Corinne Lerma and Brigid Murphy, with the support of teaching artist Bethany Pelle.

The card game, created for those who are 13 years old and up, works to break down stigmas and asks the players to really listen to each other, which is so important during these days of COVID-19.

Mental health challenges affect nearly 20 percent of the U.S. population, and 75% of those report experiencing stigma related to their condition.

Stigma is a form of discrimination—verbal or behavioral—against people with the goal of setting them apart, creating a stereotyped group. In addition to being subject to discrimination, isolation, and stereotypes, prejudice is another negative byproduct those suffering from mental illness face. Learn more about ways to fight mental health stigma.

In the letter included in the game, the Apprentice team writes it hopes its players have an experience that “carries with you for the rest of your life…Nobody is ever alone in this world and that is why we made this game.”

Learn more about how Hey. Let’s Talk came to be.  ArtWorks encourages players to follow us on Instagram and Twitter as we share more resources about Hey. Let’s Talk.

Big thanks to Interact for Health, an independent foundation dedicated to improving the health of all people in 20 counties in Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana, for supporting this project.

Get a Copy

If you are interested in getting a copy of Hey, Let’s Talk, please fill out the form below. We are accepting orders for one copy per person, and there may be delays in getting out your copy because of COVID-19, but we will work as fast as possible. If you have a need for a bulk order or have other questions, please contact ArtWorks at

If you need help

Here are some resources, because sometimes you just need a little help and that’s okay.

National Resources

Cincinnati Resources

  • Talkspace – Crisis Care Center, open 24-hours-a-day. 513-281-CARE (2273) or text 4Hope to 839863.
  • Talbert House 281-CARE – Call: 513-281-CARE(2273) or text: TALBERT to 839863. 281-CARE is a 24-hour telephone crisis intervention service for suicide prevention, psychological crises, marital and relationship conflicts, bereavement, loss and other personal emergencies.
  • Fernside Center for Grieving Children, 513-246-9140,

About ArtWorks

ArtWorks is an award-winning Greater Cincinnati nonprofit that transforms people and places through investments in creativity. The organization provides youth, ages 14-21 with the majority from underserved households, with competitive 21st century career readiness skills through mentorship by professional artists. Since 1996, ArtWorks has employed more than 3,600 youth and 3,200 creative professionals, and the organization has completed more than 12,500 public and private art projects that includes 190 permanent outdoor murals, contributing to the region’s global reputation as an arts destination.