While travelling around the world of social media, I have seen countless people and organizations claiming to be mental health advocates.
It makes me wonder what exactly these people are doing by claiming that they are advocates?
- Have they advocated for themselves because they have a mental illness
- Have they advocated for a friend or loved one who as a mental illness?
- Do they write to their politicians with concerns regarding mental illness?
- Do they try and educate others about mental illnesses?
- Do they walk in walks or participate in protests to raise awareness regarding mental health issues
- Have they written a book or do they blog about it?
- There are so many ways to advocate and a lot of them are not listed.
The reason I decided to write this blog is because I see so many people who call themselves advocates online and have to wonder exactly what they are doing as far as advocating.
If you advocate for something, I would think that you should be able to explain why you call yourself that. You should also be working towards some goal.
It is easy to call yourself an advocate, but if you are not actively trying to change something or fighting for what is right, can you really be considered an advocate?
In my opinion, so many things need to be done when it comes to changing the mental health system. If all of these people who call themselves advocates are truly advocates, then think about the impact we all could have. I am not saying that people claiming to be advocates are not advocates.
What I am saying is that we need to unite. Our voices would be heard!
Trying to get other advocates to work together won’t be easy. However, I think it needs to be done to make the difference that we, as advocates, all want.
I hope someone with influence will realize this soon and get all these organizations to work towards the same goal: Change the Mental Health System and Erase Stigma