Every May, we celebrate National Mental Health Month, a time set aside to recognize individuals with behavioral and mental health conditions as well as acknowledge the people who support them. In 2019 alone, 51.5 million U.S. adults struggled with mental health issues and because one in five people will experience some form of mental illness throughout their lifetime, chances are we all know someone who is affected.
While raising awareness about mental health has always been critical, now more than ever, it is even more important this year as we navigate our recovery from a global pandemic. To do your part, you can educate yourself on both behavioral as well as mental health issues in addition to equipping others on how to effectively reduce social stigmas. Then, you can use this insight to advocate for change now, during and even after National Mental Health Month.
How to Celebrate National Mental Health Month
- Use Social Media To Amplify Your Voice
- Post facts, distribute resources and promote social activities
- Share your story and encourage others to do the same
- Create a video message or host a watch party
- Download the National Alliance on Mental Illness Partner Guide
- Circulate images, infographics, pamphlets, brochures, fliers and more
If you want to learn more check out the following resources: