I Googled Mental Health Awareness images, to find a new Facebook Profile picture to represent this month. There are lots of posters out there!
Imagine different colors and shades of green, different fonts and different pictures.
Here’s what some of them say:
Break the stigma. Break the silence.
1 in 5 people will suffer from some form of mental illness in any given year.
1 in 4.
Not all pain is physical and not all wounds are visible.
You wouldn’t be ashamed to tell your friends you have the flu, so why do we stay quiet about mental health?
Inspired – Informed – Involved.
Keep talking about mental health.
About 900,000 people commit suicide every year…and mental disorders are one of the most prominent and treatable causes of suicide. (That number is now actually closer to a million per year worldwide.)
No Health without Mental Health.
Stand up against stigma.
You’re not alone.
Depression. Anxiety. Phobia. Panic. OCD. Schizophrenia. Eating Disorder. Self-harm. Post-traumatic stress. Bipolar Disorder.
Take care of your stress.
Let’s talk about it.
Silent no more.
Behind the mask.
Be the change.
You are safe here.
And one of my favorites, from Consolidated Agencies of Human Services in Hawthorne, NV (cahsnv.org):
[Encourage others to seek help. Raise awareness of mental illness and where to get help. Teach respect for the daily challenges of poor mental health. Advocate to expand availability of effective treatments and supports. Nurture understanding among all.]
I urge you to find out what’s happening in your community this month to reduce the stigma of mental illness. Learn about mental health. Attend a lecture. Participate in a walk. Reach out to a hurting friend. Seek help if you think you have a mental illness.
Let’s talk about this!