May is Mental Health Month! Since 1949, Mental Health America has lead an annual campaign to promote mental health awareness throughout the month of May.
While any day of the year is a great day to spread mental health awareness, May is an especially good time to draw attention to mental health challenges since so many people are participating in the conversation. Here’s how you can get involved.
Use the Hashtag #MentalIllnessFeelsLike
This year’s Mental Health Month theme is Life with a Mental Illness. If you live with mental illness, share your stories, pictures and videos using the hasthtag #MentalIllnessFeelsLike to address stigma and misconceptions surrounding mental illness. Mental Health America will collect posts using this hashtag to share stories and create knowledge about what it’s like for everyday people to live with mental illness. If you wish to submit your story anonymously, you can do so here.
Learn Mental Health First Aid
Addressing mental health problems can be a challenge. People struggling with a mental health problem don’t always know how to ask for help and others don’t always know how to recognize the signs that someone needs help. The training gives you the skills you need to reach out and provide initial help and support to someone who may be developing and mental health or substance use problem or experiencing a crisis. The goal is to make mental health first aid as common as knowing how to do CPR.
If you’re interested in learning mental health first aid, find a course near you here.
Use the Hashtag #B4Stage4
If you had cancer or heart disease, you wouldn’t wait years to treat it, would you? Mental Health America’s B4Stage4 campaign spreads awareness of the importance of recognizing and treating symptoms of mental illness, before they escalate to the life-threatening Stage 4. Learn more about the stages of mental illness as well as the symptoms and risk factors. You can even take free mental health screening tests.
Once you’re finished reading about B4Stage4, use the hashtag #B4Stage4 to spread awareness of the importance of early detection of mental illness.
Learn More About Mental Health
If you’re interested in reading more about specific mental health conditions or tips, advice and stories about living with a mental health condition, check out the InSight Bulletin’s Behavioral Health and Wellness articles for more information.