Continuing The Conversation About Mental Health

This past week was National Mental Awareness Week. A week dedicated to the education and destigmatization around mental health and mental health disorders.

As a mental health advocate, I recognize this week is important for the mental health community but mental health awareness should not be subject to just one week. The conversation needs to continue beyond this week and into our everyday lives. 

How we can continue the conversation: 

1. Educate yourself about mental health disorders, statics and read the stories of individuals who experience mental health issues firsthand. 

2. Volunteer for an organization that is pro-mental health awareness. It doesn't have to be strictly a mental health organization; it can be an LGBT organization or shelter that educates and provides resources for individuals coming to the organization. 

3. Harness the power of social media in a positive way by sharing a quote or statistic about mental health via Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and other social media platforms. 

4 Connect with others who are working to advocate for the destigmatization of mental health and disorders. They will be able to provide insight and community while you continue the important work of advocating for others. 

5. Share your story if you have experienced mental health first hand. Please share your story if you feel you are in a safe space, both situationally and mentally. Sharing your story will greatly help others looking to learn and connect about mental health. 

You can make a difference, it takes one person in a community to start the conversation and educate others about mental health. Remember to reach out for help and take care during your activism.