Updated: Jul 11, 2019
As many of you may know, May is Mental Health Month! Not everybody has a mental illness, but everyone has mental health and is impacted by the stigma that surrounds it. The stigma prevents people struggling with mental health issues from reaching out for help and often makes them feel ashamed, lonely, and scared regarding their situation. The stigma has created a society in which talking about mental health is forbidden and showing emotions is a sign of weakness, both of which are stereotypes that I have been working to end within my own community all month.
If you believe in this cause, in ending the stigma and spreading mental health awareness, I encourage you to stand up proudly for what you believe in to not only benefit yourself, but for the 1 in ever 5 Americans that suffer from mental illness. This is the last week of May and while I advocate for these causes year-round, this month acts as an extra opportunity to make a change in our world, so take action as soon as you can!
This month, I’ve done many things within my own community to end the stigma and raise awareness. As the leader of the Mental Health Awareness Club, I have set up a table with resources & goodies in my school lobby, have shared information and videos regarding mental health stories at assemblies, and have invited speakers to educate students and faculty.
Take some time to explore the Mind Over Matter site and instagram page for some ideas and resources to share with your own community!
Happy Mental Health Month! Remember: your mental health is JUST as important as your physical health!