May is Mental Health Month 2016
For over 65 years, Mental Health America and affiliates across the country, including MHA of Greater Houston, have led May is Mental Health Month reaching millions of people through the media, local events and screenings. We encourage you to use the May is Mental Health Month toolkit in May and every day.
This year’s theme for Mental Health Month is Life with a Mental Illness. The theme calls on individuals to share what life with a mental illness feels like for them in words, pictures and video by tagging their social media posts with #mentalillnessfeelslike (or submitting to MHA anonymously). MHA will collect and display posts on a special page on MHA’s national website.
Posting with the hashtag will allow people to speak up about their own experiences, to share their point of view with individuals who may struggle to explain what they are going through—and help others figure out if they too are showing signs of a mental illness. Sharing is the key to breaking down the discrimination and stigma surrounding mental illnesses, and showing others that they are not alone in their feelings and their symptoms.