Did you know about 1 in 5 people in the United States suffer from some type of mental illness? It’s time to stop the stigma surrounding mental illnesses. Join us this month and tell your story.
A Link-up for Stories to Help Stop the Stigma Surrounding Mental Illnesses
May marks another Mental Health Awareness Month, and another year full of misunderstandings, hurt feelings, judgmental attitudes, and missed cues. The American Psychiatric Association identifies over 290 mental illnesses in its latest diagnostic manual, but how many Americans could name more than a handful of them?
For example, autism classifies as a mental illness. Who would have thought a processing disorder gains equal billing with something like anorexia? The more we learn and know, the more we can respond with compassion and love.
In order to help stop the stigma surrounding mental health issues, we need to share our stories. Stories from those who work to manage a diagnosis or receive therapy to enhance their opportunities for success. Caregiver stories of what it’s like to care for a family member who struggles. Stories of success, struggle, and discovery.
I invite you to link up your blog posts this month in the Stop the Stigma Tell Your Story Link-Up. The link-up will remain open all month long, so stop by often to read other people’s stories or share your own.
If you’ve never struggled with a mental health issue or a mental illness, consider this a wonderful resource for learning. If we want to stop the stigma surrounding mental health, we need to educate ourselves and learn from those who have struggled.Do you suffer from a mental illness? Help #StoptheStigma by joining us for a month-long link-up of stories and blog posts to help others learn more about mental illnesses. #blogger #linkup #NAMI #mentalhealthmonth Click To Tweet
I created The Stop the Stigma Tell Your Story Link-up to help stop the stigma surrounding mental illness and mental health issues. Keep these guidelines in mind as you link up and visit.
- Leave as many links as you’d like but WAIT until someone else links up before you link up your second or third post. Otherwise, you won’t be able to…
- Visit the person who linked up before you and after you. Leave a comment and let them know you’re stopping by to share support from the Stop the Stigma Tell Your Story Link-up.
- Keep it clean and PG.
- Spread the love—the more we share each other’s stories on our social media feeds, the more we can do to help stop the stigma.
Don’t Miss the Self-Care Hacks Podcast This Month!
The episodes in this month’s Self-Care Hacks podcasts all deal with mental health, so you won’t want to miss those, either. You can listen on Spotify, iTunes, Amazon, iHeart Radio. Episodes air Tuesday mornings at 4 Arizona time.