Why Reflecting on Mental Health Month is Important if You have a Mental Illness

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When you have a mental illness, you know all too well what your daily struggles are.  If you are on medicine, they may help, but come with side effects.  If medicine alone does not help, then you most likely need to see a therapist.  If therapy and medicine don’t work, you could end up in the hospital if your symptoms get the best of you. You often possibly lose friends and sometimes your family members because of your illness.

However, even if you have a mental illness, there are things you can do this month to help you stay as mentally health as possible. There are also things you can do to use Mental Health Month to help raise awareness and start to erase the stigma.

I will address the awareness and stigma aspect.  If you have already let others know that you have a mental illness then post on your social media site that it is Mental Health Month and offer some suggestions of what others can do to spread the word and some of your own ideas of how to stay mentally healthy.

Maybe you could write a blog, or maybe direct your followers to articles about how to help with their own mental health.  Be open and honest about how important it is to seek out help if they feel like their mental health is not healthy enough.  One thing that needs to happen to help erase the stigma of mental illness is for those with mental illnesses to speak up and let people know there is nothing wrong with needing help and to seek out help. Giving examples of people throughout history may help others to realize that it can happen to anyone and it can be used for good.  Recently, actress Catherine Zeta Jones and basketball player Royce White have shared they have a mental illness. To find out other people with mental illnesses see:

If you have not let others know you have a mental illness, you can still spread the word that it is Mental Health Month and share some articles regarding how to stay healthy. People don’t even have to know that you have a mental illness.

  • Start a Pinterest board entitled Health, Fitness, and Nutrition and then post articles on Staying healthy mentally too.
  • Retweet someone else’s mention of Mental Health Month or an article about it being mental health month.
  • Post an article on Facebook about how to stay mentally healthy and the importance of it.
  • Start a conversation with a friend asking them if they knew it was Mental Health Month

If you are an advocate for people with mental illnesses, this is a great opportunity to spread the word about how Mental Health is important for everyone and that 1 in 4 people will be affected by a mental illness in their life times. Here are some suggestions of how to let others know about mental illness.

Some information and  articles about Mental Health & How to Stay Mentally Healthy:

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About Michelle Clark Bipolar Bandit

I am a strong advocate for the mentally ill and have been since I was first approached by a lawyer in a psychiatric facility as a teenager. He wanted me to help him fight how the mentally ill are mistreated. I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder at the age of 17 after a full blown manic episode. Before that, I suffered from debilitating depression for 4 years. My goals are to help others by sharing my story and providing tips to deal with mania and depression. I often write blogs related to advocating for people like myself. I want to encourage, inspire, and educate those with #bipolar disorder and other mental illnesses and also include inspirational #quotes. I founded the group Advocates for People with Mental Illnesses and the page Mental Health Advocates United and have several social media sites that are related to bipolar disorder and/or advocacy. If you are an advocate or would like to be, I hope you join our FB group: Advocates for People with Mental Illnesses
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