What is Mental Illness Awareness Month?
Mental Health America (MHA) and its wide network of affiliates across the states have dubbed May as the month to spread the awareness of mental health to millions of people. Since 1949, they have reached millions through the media, local events and screenings. Their system of awareness encourages organizations as well as individuals to join in on educating others about why mental health is something everyone should care about.
Theme of the month
For May 2016 the message or theme is “Life with a mental illness” and calls on individuals to share what life with a mental illness is really like. Whether their medium is words, pictures or videos they encourage all participants to share via social media with the tag #mentalillnessfeellike or submit to MHA anonymously. The posts will be collected and displayed here.
Using this tag will allow those living with a mental illness to speak up about their experiences, help others who are struggling to explain their situation and to educate others. The main purpose of this is to break down the misconceptions and negative stigma surrounding mental illness. Organizations and individuals participating in this awareness project also provide comfort and help to others know they are not alone in their feelings of suffering from a mental illness.
What is Inspirations doing?
Inspirations for Youth and Families is always one to advocate for bringing awareness to issues of major concern to help bring forth understanding and education to those in need. Mental health is a very important issue and is very dear to our line of work as most drug abuse can be associated with a form of mental illness. Inspirations not only uses dual diagnosis treatment methods but we also educate our teens on the importance of their mental health and how to live with such an illness.
In honor of this month Inspirations will be posting daily information on mental health through our social media profiles such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Stay tuned this month to see what other projects we have planned to help spread mental health awareness.