Of course we should be mindful all the time, but May brings us a chance to educate others on mental illness. Let’s help each other be advocates and give everyone who is living with a mental illness the respect they deserve.
What does it mean to be aware? To spread awareness? I mean, have you ever really thought about those words?
Merriam Webster lays it out:
: knowing that something (such as a situation, condition, or problem) exists
: feeling, experiencing, or noticing something (such as a sound, sensation, or emotion)
: knowing and understanding a lot about what is happening in the world or around you
What you can do:
- Get educated. Seriously, tap into the internet (see links I have listed on the side of this page), go to the library or snatch an ebook such as Bipolar Disorder for Dummies .
- Educate others. Start a conversation with your friends. Tell your parents how your disorder makes you feel. Don’t be shy.
- Remember that bipolar disorder and other mental disorders are just as important as physical illnesses such as diabetes or cancer.
- Address the issue of stigma. Don’t allow others to incorrectly label or generalize serious mental health issues.
- Never use mental disorders as slurs, and correct others for doing so as well.
- Share links to blogs, books, websites, advocacy groups, sources from mental health professionals on your social media.
- Share your own experience through a creative outlet, or even a speaking engagement.
Let’s all commit to making a change this time around. Let’s all push a little harder to make our voice heard. Awareness exists for a reason, so let’s use it as a vessel to deliver our message.
Every 40 seconds, someone in the world dies by suicide. And every 13.3 minutes in the U.S. Don’t become a statistic. YOU HAVE A PURPOSE! YOU ARE NOT ALONE!
National Suicide Prevention Hotline 1-800-273-TALK
For information on suicide, grieving, warning signs, coping, and how you can help spread awareness, visit the following links:
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May is National Mental Health Awareness Month, so help erase stigma by spreading awareness and educate others on the truth about mental illness. Check out NAMI.org for more info.