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You Are Not Alone! Mental Health Awareness Month
May is Mental Health Awareness Month. NAMI is the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the nation's largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.
NAMI's "You are Not Alone" campaign features the lived experience of people affected by mental illness to fight stigma, inspire others and educate the broader public. Now more than ever before, it is important for the mental health community to come together and show the world the no one should ever feel alone.
In addition to resources supporting Mental Health Awareness Month, NAMI offers COVID-19 Tips: a comprehensive section related to mental health while navigating these uncertain times of isolation and increased anxiety.
Every year thousands of individuals die by suicide, leaving behind their friends and family members to navigate the tragedy of loss. In these current times, we must be more aware of the impacts of isolation.
I hope you'll find these resources and the tips and tools below helpful for you and the families you serve as we work together to strengthen and sustain families through these challenging times.
Tips of the Month:
- Share #NotAlone graphics and messages with your online community. NAMI has created graphics that you can easily download and share via your social media channels in order to spread awareness.
- Support an existing fundraiser or start one. NAMI has several suggestions for helping to raise funds including, planning an event or asking for donations in lieu of gifts for your celebrations.
- Learn about how background and identity can impact access to treatment. Watch the NAMI docuseries, Strength Over Silence: Stories of Courage, Culture and Community which, highlights perspectives on mental health from the African American and Latinx communities.
- Spread awareness of minority mental health. Share minority mental health awareness information, images and graphics for #MinorityMentalHealth throughout July and learn how you can get involved with Minority Mental Health Awareness Month.
- Pledge to be StigmaFree. The StigmaFree campaign is NAMI's effort to end stigma and create hope for those affected by mental illness. Through powerful words and actions, we can shift the social and systemic barriers for those living with mental health conditions.
- Get printable handouts. Mental Health America has a toolkit that includes several printable handouts that cover topics such as Owning Your Feelings, Finding the Positive, and Creating Healthy Routines. Download the 2020 Mental Healthy Month Toolkit to access these helpful resources!
The Events Calendar offers a listing of national, regional and community-wide events that might be of interest to our targeted stakeholders. This includes conferences, webinars, policy forums, etc. You may submit events for consideration and inclusion on the Events Calendar.
Submitted events will be reviewed, and once approved, the event and its details will be posted on the calendar. Supporting documents, registration information, and flyers can also be posted and downloaded with each event.