The first step in raising awareness is beginning wherever you are—whether that’s in your home, your local community or online. How, you ask? Start by engaging in conversation. This can look something like breaking down stigmas surrounding mental health, sharing your own mental health journey with others, or pledging your support for those struggling with their own mental illnesses. Then, branch out to your community—be it a physical or virtual one. This can look something like participating in community events or joining in fundraising efforts.
If you’re unsure where to begin, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and Mental Health America are the perfect resources to check out. Use them as a resource to locate a local awareness walk, educate yourself on mental health statistics, learn how to become a volunteer or referral specialist, start a fundraiser of your own, and so much more to provide help and support for those that need it. No effort is too small.