The Mental Health Awareness Project, or #MHAP, is a project that was established to help spread more awareness on mental illnesses and disorders, and mental health topics. It is a consistent and on-going awareness project that lasts throughout the year. During each month, we will inform and discuss a specific mental illness or disorder, or mental health-related topic.
The judgment, ignorance, and stigma surrounding these topics never rest, so why should we? We won’t stop talking about it until mental health becomes an acceptable conversation topic.
We deserve to be able to talk about our mental health so that we can get the care and treatment we need without worry of feeling judged or stigmatized. So many people suffer in silence for that very reason.
This will change.
No one chooses to have a mental illness
Someone who has experienced a depressive episode didn’t choose to feel that way.
Someone who has so much anxiety that they have a hard time functioning in social situations and everyday life doesn’t choose to carry the burden of worry on their shoulders.
Someone who has Bipolar or Borderline Personality Disorder doesn’t rationally choose to blow their life savings or lash out at their loved ones over something as minute as the arrangement of dishes in the dishwasher.
Someone who has suicidal ideations never chooses to think about ending their life in varying degrees of detail.
In other words, we did not choose to have our diagnosis. All that we can do is wake up every day, cope with it, and try to be the best versions of ourselves.
We should all feel like we can reach out for the help we need without the fear of being judged or dismissed. Adding that fear to any diagnosis is added anxiety that could potentially make the situation worse.
Think about this…
If the people who cast judgments would start using their energy to be understanding and encouraging rather than stigmatizing, it would go a long way in helping someone feel as though they can reach out for proper care and treatment. As a result, his or her diagnosis would be more manageable and he or she would be able to function more easily in their every day life.
It will even save a life.
Isn’t that what everyone wants?
Project Launch Date
The official launch date of The Mental Health Awareness Project is January 1, 2019.
All mental health advocates are encouraged and welcome to participate! If you want to get involved, all you have to do is write about the mental health topic that is in focus in a particular month while using our hashtag, #MHAP. We also ask that you Like, RT, and share any posts that interest you so that your own followers can see it, too.
If you want to get involved with the planning and organization of The Mental Health Awareness project, we are always accepting help in the following areas:
- MHAP Blogger Squad
- MHAP Twitter Squad
- Twitter Chat Coordinator
- Project Moderator
#MHBlogFam (MHAP Blogger Squad)
Want to get involved?
The year 2019 is the year that we will start conversations.
The year 2019 is the year that everyone will know they are not alone.
The year 2019 is the year that everyone will know they always have someone to talk to.
The year 2019 is the year we will stop suffering in silence.
The year 2019 is the year that we will stop feeling ashamed, embarrassed, and worthless.
With your help, the year 2019 is the year that the stigma on mental health will be a thing of the past.
One person can change an entire nation, and even the world. Just think about what we can do together.
All you have to do in order to participate is start your own conversations about mental health and use our suggested hashtags so that we can share the hell out of your posts. Thank you for advocating for mental health with us! You are making a difference and will be a part of our mission to change the world.
If you want to get involved with the planning and organization of The Mental Health Awareness project (in addition to participating), please get in touch with me using one of the following contact methods:
- Either comment on this post,
- fill out my contact form, or
- email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
You can visit the official website for The Mental Health Awareness Project by clicking here. If you have a Facebook account, please feel welcome to join our Official Facebook group, whether you’re participating or taking part in the planning and organization of this project.