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Help Us Stop the Stigma, May is Mental Health Month!


Mental Health Month was started in 1949 and today is celebrated internationally to raise awareness about mental health and the crises that occur when we fail to address mental health concerns early and effectively.

Sometimes clinical terms don’t do justice to what life with a mental illness feels like. We know that two people with the same diagnosis can experience the same symptom and describe it in very different ways. Let’s take fear for example: Jamie describes fear as being scared to the point of feeling paralyzed, while Andre describes fear as an overwhelming urge to run away. It can be confusing and sometimes contribute to ongoing silence or hesitation to get help. It’s important for people to talk about how it feels to live with a mental illness.

This May, Meghan Reitz & Associates and Mental Health America are calling on you to share what life with a mental illness feels like by tagging your social media posts with #mentalillnessfeelslike.

Posting with this hashtag is a way to speak up, to share your point of view with people who may be struggling to explain what they are going through—and help others figure out if they too are showing signs of a mental illness.

How You Can Help Stop the Stigma:

  1. Post to your organization’s social media networks to raise awareness of May as Mental Health Month. Make sure to use the hashtag: #mentalillnessfeelslike and tag MLRA's Social Media Pages.
  2. Like and Share some Mental Health resources so your friends and followers can help spread the word (here are a few):
  3. Tell your story. Share your personal experience with mental illness by tagging social media posts with #mentalillnessfeelslike
  4. Follow MLRA's Social Media posts HERE all month long as we post cool infographics, fun facts, and important resources.

“Mental illnesses are common and treatable, and help is available. We all need to speak up so that people do not feel isolated and alone,” said Meghan Reitz of Meghan L Reitz & Associates.

Research shows that by ignoring symptoms, we lose ten years in which we could intervene in order to change people’s lives for the better. Speaking out about what mental illness feels like can encourage others to recognize symptoms early on in the disease process, and empower individuals to be agents in their own recovery.

Learn more about getting help here in the Schaumburg area by contacting us at MLRA for an appointment

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