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25 Ways You Can Impact Mental Health Awareness in Your Community

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This year marks our 25th annual National Depression Screening Day and we want you to be involved. Are you passionate about mental health awareness but not sure how to make an impact? It’s easier than you think!

To help get you started, we have come up with 25 ways you can impact mental health awareness. These ideas are easy. Try some out today!

  1. Host a mental health screening event. Visit the Screening for Mental Health website to find out more: www.MentalHealthScreening.org
     
  2. Talk about it. Ask people how they’re doing and mean it! Always be ready to listen and encourage. Ask questions and never judge.
     
  3. Share your story. Have you personally struggled or currently struggle with mental illness? Don’t hesitate to tell friends and family about it. Your story can encourage others to ask for help.
     
  4. Encourage non-judgemental speak. Try to educate those around you on how to talk about mental illness. Never use words like “crazy” or “insane” as insults.
     
  5. Read about it. Educate yourself about mental illness and suicide. Learn about the signs and symptoms and where to receive help in your area.
     
  6. Talk to loved ones about how they are feeling. Regularly check in with those close to you, especially if you know they are dealing with a mental illness.
     
  7. Talk about mental health with your children. Don’t assume kids are too young to understand. Depression can affect children in elementary school.
     
  8. Distribute educational information from Screening for Mental Health. Our mental health screening kits contain great informational handouts and flyers that explain mental health issues and encourage awareness.
     
  9. Share mental health screening sites (like HelpYourselfHelpOthers.org) on social media. Facebook and Twitter are great places to spread mental health awareness.
     
  10. Volunteer with local mental health awareness organizations. The National Alliance on Mental Illness is a great place to start.
     
  11. Encourage your friends to screen themselves. When discussing mental health, be sure to mention HelpYourselfHelpOthers.org--it’s a great resource for those concerned about how they are feeling.
     
  12. Write a blog post about mental health awareness. Include up-to-date statistics and facts on mental health and always include information on where people can find help.
     
  13. Encourage your or your child’s school to start a suicide prevention program. Screening for Mental Health offers evidence based programs. Learn about them at our website.
     
  14. Spread the word about Screening for Mental Health’s social media pages on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.
     
  15. Use hashtags on social media. #MHSM (mental health social media) is a great place to start. We promote #NDSD during National Depression Screening Day… join the discussion!
     
  16. Be a supportive friend. Sometimes spreading mental health awareness can simply mean supporting and listening to those close to us.
     
  17. Watch out for bullying at school or in the office. Bullying can lead to many difficulties including depression. Be aware of destructive behavior around you and report it to a trusted adult when necessary.
     
  18. Learn the signs and symptoms of depression. Know what to watch for in yourself and those around you. Symptoms can be different in men and women.
     
  19. Volunteer in your community. Donate your time to help others. You’ll boost your mental health as you work to help those in need.
     
  20. Learn what to do when someone threatens suicide. Visit StopASuicide.org to be prepared. If someone is in a dangerous situation, just call 9-1-1.
     
  21. Memorize the suicide prevention hotline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255). This hotline is available 24/7. You can call for advice for yourself or a friend.
     
  22. Encourage friends and family to eat healthy for mental health. Good nutrition can make a difference in how we feel. Healthy fats, carbohydrates, and fruits and vegetables are all important.
     
  23. Organize group workouts with friends to improve your mental health. Exercise is a great mood booster and is even more effective when you spend time with friends!
     
  24. Write to your local government leaders to support mental health legislation. Educate yourself on the issues and get involved.
     
  25. Participate in local advocacy efforts to support and expand mental health legislation. Visit NAMI’s website for ideas.

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