Ocean: Build Your Mental Mussels

Conversation cards designed to spark positive, open mental health dialogue within families


Ocean: Build Your Mental Mussels, StAMINA’s marine-themed mental health conversation cards, had their start at the Youth Mental Health Ideathon competition. Ocean is designed to encourage families to discuss mental health openly, increasing mental health awareness, decreasing stigma, and facilitating access to resources. The conversation cards are not just for families actively struggling with mental health. Instead, proactively using Ocean to broach tough topics can prevent and mitigate potential future challenges.

The set of over 120 cards is divided into three categories, Sunlight, Twilight, and Midnight, based on the level of depth of the conversation starter. The cards are also separated by different goals, including achieving mental health literacy, learning positive coping strategies, and increasing resource awareness.


StAMINA is currently seeking any and all families to help us test the conversation cards. After filling out a pre-survey, participants receive a full set of the cards for free, test them with their families for one month, and complete a post-survey. If you’re interested in improving your family’s wellbeing while helping us develop the best conversation cards possible, please fill out the signup form at tinyurl.com/oceantestsignup.


Additionally, sign up for StAMINA’s newsletter to be notified when the cards are released.