4 Ways We Can Raise Mental Health Awareness in 2022

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When it comes to ending mental stigma, we still have a long way to go. There is still a significant negative stigma around therapy and mental illness. The good news is that there is a lot more awareness of mental health. One of the best ways to destigmatize something is to talk about it. I am a huge supporter of mental health awareness days like World Mental Health Day, which is in October of every year. The objective of World Mental Health Day is to inform and educate the public about mental health disorders and to mobilize efforts in support of mental wellness. So, in honor of that, here are some ways that we can continue to raise mental health awareness in 2021. 

How You Can Help End the Negative Stigma Around Mental Health

Here are three of the best things that you can do to raise awareness of mental health issues and help end the stigma around therapy.

#1 Donate to Mental Health Organizations

This year’s World Mental Health Day theme is “Mental Health in an Unequal World.” Access to treatment for mental health disorders and resources remains unequal all over the world. The goal is to increase awareness of resources available that provide assistance to people of various cultural and social-economic backgrounds. One such great resource is Womankind, an amazing organization supporting Asian-American communities. It provides counseling, housing, and other supportive services to survivors of domestic violence and sexual trauma. The goal of the organization is to end gender-based violence. Womankind helps survivors control their own narratives and heal from trauma. Womankind is an organization that needs and deserves your support.

#2 Commit to Taking Care of Our Mental Health

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Collectively, we can raise mental health awareness by taking care of our own mental health. There are many ways to do that — from going to therapy to journaling. You can also permit yourself to take a mental health day when you need one, consider cutting back on alcohol, or make it a habit to practice five minutes of meditation daily. These are small, less intimidating, but powerful ways to inject wellness into your routine. 

#3 Speak Out Against Mental Stigma

Shame and stigma around therapy are huge reasons for people not seeking help for mental health issues. Therapy is becoming more normalized. However, there are still many people who are reluctant to get help for various reasons. Although both may have biological underpinnings, mental health issues are still seen as more shameful than physical health issues. 

If you have been on social media lately, there’s a good chance that you have come across comments and posts that have a negative stigma around mental health. Examples include comments calling a person who commits suicide is “selfish” or “doesn’t care about others.” This is not true at all. When you notice posts like this, don’t stay quiet. Speak up to end mental health stigma. 

#4 Check In With Others

Everyone could use a little extra support processing their experiences and emotions after the year that we have just had. So, check with your family and friends. It doesn’t matter how you reach out — whether it’s by text message, telephone, or in person. The important thing is to ask how your loved one is doing. Wondering how to start the conversation? It could be something as simple as “how have you been feeling lately?” Actively listen to what they are saying. If they are struggling with depression or anxiety, help them find mental health resources. 

That’s it — three ways to raise mental health awareness in 2021. Do you have other ideas on how we can raise mental health awareness? Comment below! I’d love to hear them. 

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