Raise Awareness: Mental Health
We all have bad days every once in a while. We miss some sleep or find out some bad news that puts us in a funk. There are a growing number of people, however, who struggle to find meaning and worth in day-to-day life. As the video above shows, mental illness is a serious issue that affects more people than we may realize. People who suffer from it often don’t want to burden others with their struggles and hide their pain. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, approximately 1 in 5 adult Americans experience mental illness in a year. A statistic like this calls for action. Let's do as the video above shows and #stopthestigma.
Here are ten ways for you and your community raise awareness about mental health:Host a mental health screening event. Visit the Screening for Mental Health website to find out more.
- Talk about it. Ask people how they’re doing and mean it! Always be ready to listen and encourage. Ask questions and never judge.
- Share your story. Do you currently struggle with mental illness or have you dealt with it in the past? Don’t hesitate to tell friends and family about it. Your story can encourage others to ask for help.
- Talk to loved ones about how they are feeling. Regularly check in with those close to you, especially if you know they are dealing with a mental illness.
- Volunteer with local mental health awareness organizations. The National Alliance on Mental Illness is a great place to start.
- Write a blog post about mental health awareness. Include up-to-date statistics and facts on mental health as well as information on where people can find help.
- Volunteer in your community. Donate your time to help others. You’ll boost your mental health as you work to help those in need.
- Memorize the suicide prevention hotline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255). This hotline is available 24/7. You can call for personal advice or for a friend.
- Encourage friends and family to eat nutritiously for mental health. Good nutrition can make a difference in how we feel. Healthy fats, carbohydrates, and fruits and vegetables are all important.
- Organize group workouts with friends to improve your mental health. Exercise is a great mood booster and is even more effective when you spend time with friends!
Mental health awareness is on the rise - but we still have farther to go!
If you need to, take a depression test today.