"Let us strive to ensure people living with mental health conditions know that they are not alone, that hope exists, and that the possibility of healing and thriving is real. Together, we can help everyone get the support they need to recover as they continue along the journey to get well." -- President Barak Obama, Presidential Proclamation -- National Mental Health Awareness Month, 2016.
Every May we come together to combat stigma, provide support, and educate the public on mental health issues for Mental Health Awareness Month.
Each year the support grows stronger, yet we know to continue the momentum of breaking down barriers we must help increase awareness and understanding of mental health issues in the communities we serve. To help generate awareness, Mental Health America released a handy toolkit packed with fact sheets, shareable images for social media, and a call to action to share what life with a mental illness feels like. Download the toolkit by visiting here!
There are many ways you can help support Mental Health Awareness Month. Here are a few resources to get you started:
- Participate in a local NAMI walk. You can find out where the closest one to you is by visiting here
- Check out other mental health awareness events happening in your area by visiting here
- Sign NAMI's stigmafree Pledge
- Tag your Twitter and Instagram posts with #mentalillnessfeelslike; they will be collected and displayed at www.mentalhealthamerica.net/feelslike