The month of May has a special significance for the mental health community, as it is officially recognized as Mental Health Month. This year, a variety of human service organizations are providing opportunities for information sharing among peers, families, and the general public.
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is featuring a “You Are Not Alone” campaign. People who are affected by mental illness are encouraged to share their stories online, in order to “fight stigma, inspire others and educate the broader public.” Readers can read the stories individuals have submitted, as well as submitting their own. You can read more about the “You Are Not Alone” campaign on the NAMI website.
Another organization with a strong advocacy focus for those with mental illness is Mental Health America (MHA). For decades, MHA has provided local mental health screenings during the month of May, as well as offering public information campaigns. This year, MHA is sponsoring “Tools 2 Thrive,” a mental health information effort that includes a downloadable mental health toolkit. The toolkit offers resources and tools designed for everyone to use to improve mental health and increase resiliency. Some of the tools are particular relevant during this time of COVID-19 and social distancing. You can download the toolkit on the MHA website.
Perry Wellness Center encourages everyone to become a mental health advocate for themselves, their loved ones, and the greater community. Begin by educating yourself and then share with others. Mental Health Month is a great time to start!