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May is moving quickly, but it’s not too late to get involved in mental health month. If you’re an active part of the mental health community, it can become a little daunting to choose just one initiative to support. There are specific “weeks” and various social media campaigns. Here is a quick cheat sheet on three organizations raising awareness for Mental Health Month. It’s not too late to join in!

  1. National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI)

NAMI has a social media campaign you can participate in. Use #IntoMentalHealth and #MentalHealthMonth when posting photos on social media. In these photos, show yourself in action, i.e.  NAMIWalk, or community event. When posting on Instagram: Tag @namicommunicate. You can also download graphics with facts to share.

2.  JED Foundation

This foundation works to protect the emotional health and prevent suicide for our nation’s teens and young adults.

You can join the conversation by participating in the Twitter Chat on May 30 at 2 pm – 3 pm ET about teen and young adult mental health. You can also learn about ways to volunteer with the foundation.

3. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA)

Spread the word about National Prevention Week – May 14 to 20, 2017, to raise awareness about the importance of substance use prevention and positive mental health. The overall theme for NPW 2017 is: Making Each Day Count.

Each day also has a theme:

Thursday, May 18 – Prevention of Illicit Drug Use & Youth Marijuana Use
Friday, May 19 – Prevention of Suicide
Saturday, May 20 – Promotion of Mental Health & Wellness

You can join the Prevention Power Challenge. Go Live! on social media during #NPW2017 (May 14-20) and talk about one of the NPW daily themes. Then, challenge your friends to do the same! Visit SAMHSA’s Storify to see those who have already started sharing.

Need More? Many organizations also have toolkits with all the information you need to learn and raise awareness. Tweet us how you are getting involved @resilienceinst.

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