Thursday, 05 May 2011
May is Mental health month and a variety of organizations have activities. In no particular order, here are some of our favorite ways to acknowledge the challenges of mental illness and celebrate our victories over the disease.
Mental Health America http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/go/may. Mental Health America originated the tradition and continues celebrating "May is Mental Health Month," which began in 1949 to raise awareness of mental health conditions and mental wellness for all.
They've listed sample posts to use to spread the word on Twitter and Facebook. What can be easier than copying someone else's well thought out script and passing the word along to your friends!
Our friends at the National Alliance on Mental Illness, NAMI, have a touching article about the stigma of disclosing issues of mental health in the faith community.
Psych Central has a wonderful blog posts on three things you can do to advocate for mental health. Just doing one of them helps break the stigma surrounding mental health. And if you haven't read them before, please take a look. We enjoyed one of their posts.
The American Psychologial Association marks Mental Health Awarenss Month with briefings, blogs and chats spotlighting a range of issues including traumatied children and health disparities among diverse older Americans. Their blog has lots of guests post in honor of this month.