Thank an Advocate Challenge

MHAU thank an advocate challengeI am the founder of Mental Health Advocates United and Advocates for People with Mental Illnesses. Yesterday, I challenged both my group and followers of my page to thank a mental health advocate.  As the day continued, the idea developed into the Thank an Advocate Challenge.

I have taken the challenge on myself and have thanked several advocates including ones I know personally, politicians, musicians, FB page and Twitter page owners that have accounts that deal with mental illnesses.

Please take a few moments to thank at least one other advocate. Make sure you let them know that it is part of the this challenge by simply using the hashtag #thankanadvocatechallenge. In addition, help spread the word about this challenge.

Let’s encourage each other. By doing so, we will be helping and encouraging other advocates, but also those who have a mental illness.

As mental health advocates, it is important that we encourage other advocates to continue fighting the fight.  The discrimination and stigma that come with mental illness is only going to change through education and awareness.  Advocates, working together, can show that there is hope and recovery when you have a mental illness.

Thank an Advocate Challenge hosted by Mental Health Advocates United
1. Contact someone you know who is a mental health advocate and thank them for what they are doing.
2. Use Twitter, email, Facebook, phone, snail mail, etc
3.We need to encourage those who are advocating for us.
4. It would be helpful if you let others know the contact information of who you have contacted in case they want to thank the same person.
5. Share this with your fellow advocates and on your page to spread the word.
6. Use hashtag #thankanadvocatechallenge

If you are looking for some people to thank:

Mental Health Related Facebook Pages

Brandon Marshall NFL Borderline Personality Disorder

Senator Creigh Deeds Politician/ son committed suicide

NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Illness – Mental Health Support, Education and Advocacy

Bring Change 2 Mind

Patrick J. Kennedy Politician Bipolar Disorder

Demi Lovato Singer/ Eating Disorder/Bipolar Disorder

Black Dog Tribe

HealthyPlace

Psych Central

United States’s National Suicide Prevention Hotline

Famous People with Mental Illnesses

Keith O’Neil NFL Bipolar

Carrie Fisher actress/bipolar

Congressman Tim Murphy

DBSA

Mental Health America

Rethink Mental Illness

 

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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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