#MyTherapy Mental Health Awareness

Guest Blogger, Michelle Niemeyer, discusses how #MyTherapy works to increase awareness about mental health and mental health stigma.

Mental health is a health concern that is very near and dear to my heart. I have a sweet friend who suffers on a daily basis with her mental health (she is bipolar and also suffers from depression) – many people who know her do not know she has these health concerns, some people do…but for some reason mental health disorders have such a stigma, it is a topic that no one wants to talk about. I watch her daily struggles – tasks that are typical for me are completely overwhelming for her. Sometimes she shares her ‘journey’ with me: I hear about her ‘good’ days and listen when she has her ‘today is very hard day’ days. I think I’m a good listener, but the truth is; I could be better informed.

What is the #MyTherapy Campaign?

The #MyTherapy campaign was started by InSight Bulletin, a wellness blog that specializes in helping people cope with the stresses and challenges of everyday life. The #MyTherapy campaign has been established to help raise awareness of behavioral health issues.

1 in 4 Americans are living with a mental health disorder. The #MyTherapy campaign aims to encourage individuals to manage their behavioral health by engaging in everyday activities.

Why?

The #MyTherapy campaign is geared towards raising awareness about behavioral health and helping to spread the word about ways that people can self activate their wellness by participating in mental wellness activities.

Many of us have seen pictures like this:wpid-0d2fc7d036022bd9e4635a7a57c09e84

I could not agree more, I truly believe that running has enhanced my mental health as well as my husband’s mental health. Aerobic exercises have been proven to reduce anxiety and depression (CDC 2014). Spreading awareness about this is important to me! With 1 in 4 Americans living with mental health disorders; chances are that you know someone that this campaign can help.

How can YOU help the #MyTherapy Campaign?

It is easy to stand back and pretend that mental health isn’t your worry, but the fact is that with so many people affected by mental illnesses, we all should take action.

You can help the #MyTherapy Campaign by uploading a picture to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram in which you showcase your favorite moments that enable you to find your therapy.

The picture I personally selected for #MyTherapy is the one at the top of the page. It is of me during my 50k Ultra Marathon. I learned so much about myself during the process of training to be an ultra-marathoner; I learned that I can achieve anything I put my mind to. I also learned how therapeutic a 5 hour and 25 minute run can be. Running is truly good for the mind, body and soul.

To enter the campaign and have a chance to win a $50 prize pictures must be tagged @InSightBulletin with #MyTherapy in the caption.

The pictures with the most engagement will win a $50 prize ($50 Core Power Yoga gift card or Amazon gift card). Winner will be announced on Monday!

This week’s theme is fitness so I challenge you to take a picture and tag it #MyTherapy. Let’s spread the word about the importance of behavioral health awareness and educate one another how taking mindful actions to be active can help promote wellness.

Michelle Niemeyer

10417504_675981505812045_2482844143730814735_nMichelle Niemeyer runs the blog, “This Momma Runs“. Michelle is a marathon runner, wife, and mother to four girls. Her and her husband are both addicted to running, having even crossed the finish line of the Chicago Marathon together in 2013.  She loves all things running and inspiring — balancing work, family, running and all the little things makes her life interesting.

 

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