May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and we love having the opportunity to reach more people with our platform! You may be wondering: “How can I help?”
Lucky for you, we made a list of 4 different ways that YOU can be active and help spread mental health awareness, too!
Post to Your Social Media
Social media is a great way to boost awareness of mental health. On platforms often dominated by influencers and FOMO, it can be easy for people to feel alienated or alone. By posting to your social media with a personal message (instead of one of the million copy/paste chain status updates) and a great image/graphic, you can make sure that the people who see your posts know that you are there for them and can feel a little less isolated.
Another opportunity offered by social media? Hosting a Facebook Fundraiser! 100% of the money raised goes to the organization.
Talk to Your Friends and Family
Even better than just posting to social media? Having a personal talk with your friends and family! This is great to do in small groups or one-on-one; it’s the perfect way to share your story, and give each person some air time to talk about anything that may be on their mind. Talking with people one on one can help them feel safe and heard; something that can be very difficult for those who need support.
Check In With Yourself
While checking in on loved ones, don’t forget to check in on yourself! It can be so easy to think that you are all good, and put the focus on supporting others while missing the warning signs that you need a little additional support yourself. Try journaling, or even just take a few minutes to see where you’re at.
Is there something that’s triggered you lately that you need to address? Are you struggling with something that you could use treatment for? Is the medication you’re on working for you, or do you need to seek a different dose?
Asking these questions periodically can help you stay on top of your own mental health so that you don’t end up in the weeds.
Get Active In Your Community
Looking for a way to make a difference in your community? Get involved with the mental health nonprofits in your area! Volunteering is a great way to engage with others and spread the message, and the possibilities are endless. (You can even sign up to volunteer with PRSL!) Don’t have time to volunteer, but still want to help? Donations of any size are always welcome to support the causes you care about!
Remember: You Are Not Alone!
Mental health battles can feel incredibly isolating, but remember: you are never alone! By opening up about your experience and normalizing conversations about mental health, you are helping to break down the stigmas against mental illness. Let’s work together to make this Mental Health Awareness Month an impactful one!