I have found so many amazing mental health resources. I hope they will help someone else as much as they’ve helped me. But before we dive into those, let’s review…
what is mental health? what is mental illness?
The American Psychiatric Association defines mental health & mental illness below.
Examples of mental illnesses include anxiety disorder, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and more included here.
Various things can influence the well-being of our mental health, including life experiences, family history, and biology. Mental health, or emotional health, is as important, if not more important, than physical health. The issue is that most people don’t want to speak about their true feelings and mental well-being because they’re worried they’ll be seen as “weak” or “crazy.”
Personally, I’m learning how to effectively manage my depression and anxiety in daily life. I don’t want to feel ashamed for having a mental illness. No one should feel ashamed by the way their brain is programmed. I want people to be able to speak comfortably about mental health…just as we speak about physical health in everyday conversation.
we need to start viewing mental health differently. 🙌
what can you do? / movements
Watch this “I’m Fine” video – from the UK Mental Health Foundation that portrays how sometimes we may feel bad, not wanting to burden others with our feelings. Let’s try to be more honest with each other about how we’re really feeling.
Join the movement of speaking about mental health & mental illness in normal, everyday conversation. Let’s erase the stigma that speaking about mental health is a sign of weakness.
Share your experiences…because you don’t know who you’ll be helping in the process.
Inspired by Carrie Fisher’s death, Kat Selwyn Layton unintentionally started a mental health movement. #EndTheStigma badges encourage people to share their daily struggles with mental illness. Since its launch, #EndTheStigma has extended to also include the neurodivergent community.
Mental Health America – have you heard of the mental health bell? Back in 1953, Mental Health America took all of the iron chains and restraints that were once used in mental asylums and created a 300-lb “mental health bell,” creating a sign of hope for mental illness. Over the years community leaders ring the bell to mark progress of the mental health movement.
Mental Health America focuses on the “Before Stage 4” idea, focusing on early identification and intervention, along with support services for those dealing with mental illness.
Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) to reach a 24-hour crisis center, or text MHA to 741741 at the Crisis Text Line.
NAMI – National Alliance on Mental Illness is a grassroots organization, providing educational resources and support to those with mental illness. They are very active in advocating for mental health national policy and have local NAMI chapters you can become a part of.
Find Help in a crisis or Text “NAMI” to 741741
TWLOHA – To Write Love on Her Arms started with founder Jamie Tworkowski trying to help a friend, Renee, with her depression, addiction, and self-injury struggles. Soon Jamie started TWLOHA to inform and educate the community about mental illness. TWLOHA is very community-oriented, commonly attending events and festivals, spreading awareness about mental health. They also hold a yearly event called HEAVY AND LIGHT filled with storytelling and music.
Find help by state here
The Mighty – A blog resource of inspiring posts from over 5,000 different contributors.
They focus on the realness of disability, disease and mental illness. I’ve come across some amazing stories and thought, oh, someone else feels that way? You can sort by conditions as well.
Medium.com/tag/mental-health – a compilation of mental illness-related personal essays, poems, and research from people all over the world.
Carrie Fisher – Famous for her role as Princesse Leia, but also very well-known for speaking openly about addiction and bipolar disorder.
Demi Lovato has partnered with bevocalspeakup.com. Demi has bipolar disorder and actively promotes the importance of getting help when you need it. She’s open about the struggles she has with her condition, and how it takes patience to find something that works for you.
Lady Gaga – “I openly admit to having battled depression and anxiety and I think a lot of people do. I think it’s better when we all say: ‘Cheers!’ And ‘fess up to it.” –rte.ie interview; check out Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation
Kid Cudi (Scott Mescudi) – Early in 2016, he opened up about his issues with alcohol and depression to Billboard Magazine. Then on October 4, 2016 Kid Cudi announced on social media to his fans that he was checking himself into a facility due to depression and suicidal urges. #YouGoodMan on Twitter also surfaced.
Kate Nash expressed her thoughts on the importance of mental health in a recent PAPER interview – “I just don’t think there’s a lot of support and care for artists and their mental health. Most artists have mental health issues. This tour I’m doing in the UK — we’re doing it with MIND (a mental health charity in the UK).”
Kristen Bell explained her own personal struggles with anxiety and depression on OffCamera with Sam Jones. Kristen is thankful her mother addressed mental health at such a young age, and has been actively taking prescription medication for her mental health condition. She states that no one should be ashamed of mental illness by asking for help to cope with medication. 👍
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Have any resources or influencers you’d like to share? What has helped you with your mental illness?
Let me know in the comments below.
Please note: I am not a medical professional and not trained to treat any medical illnesses. The purpose of my blog is purely informational.