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
Mental Health Topic Line-Up
To view, share, and contribute to our Google Calendar, please visit the official calendar for The Mental Health Awareness Project.
A brief rundown of our topic line-up is below.
January 2019: Anxiety Awareness
February 2019: Eating Disorder Awareness
March 2019: Bipolar Disorder Awareness
April 2019: Autism Awareness
May 2019: Borderline Personality Disorder Awareness
June 2019: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Awareness
July 2019: Dissociative Identity Disorder Awareness
August 2019: Schizophrenia and Schizoaffective Disorder Awareness
September 2019: Suicide Awareness
October 2019: Depression Awareness
November 2019: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Awareness
December 2019: General Mental Health Awareness
– December 1-7: Self-care
– December 8-14: Stigma around medications; Alternatives to medications
– December 15-21: Therapy and counseling
– December 22-28: Closing and acknowledgements
#MHBlogFam (MHAP Blogger Squad)
About: MHAP Blogger Squad
The Mental Health Awareness Project’s Blogger Squad is our group of bloggers who write a post about one or more of the mental health-related topics that we cover throughout the year. Ideally, the post will serve to inform so that we can help spread awareness on various mental health topics.
You don’t have to do anything specific to be considered a part of our Blogger Squad. If you’re a blogger who wants to write a mental health-related post as a part of this project, you’re already in.
We do prefer that you publish your post in the appropriate month that your chosen topic is being focused on, but ultimately, there are no restrictions because we would never ask you to refrain from publishing your post. The more we write about mental health, the better.
About: MHAP Twitter Squad
The Mental Health Awareness Project’s Twitter Squad consists of our amazing friends in the mental health community on Twitter. If you’re interested in being a part of our Twitter Squad, all you have to do is help us raise awareness of mental health topics on Twitter.
You can help us raise awareness by tweeting about the current month’s mental health-related topic and by commenting on, Liking, and retweeting others’ tweets to amplify our reach. To find tweets you can share, be sure to check out the suggested hashtags that we listed earlier in this post.
About: MHAP Twitter Chat Coordinators
Twitter chats are a great way to get conversations going. There is usually a main host of the chat and a given hashtag. Most Twitter chats involve questions from the host, and they encourage anyone to answer and participate by using the hashtag they provided.
Our goal is to host at least one Twitter chat per month to get people talking about mental health, though we will be doing our best to host more than one per month. The questions and information shared during each chat will be related to the current mental health topic that is being focused on that month.
About: MHAP Project Moderators
Our Project Moderators are our dedicated participants who do their best to keep our mental health-related conversations going. Whether they focus their time on a single topic or help all throughout the year, any help is welcome and extremely appreciated.
Ideally, we will have one Project Moderator per mental health-related topic, for a total of 11, but we certainly won’t restrict the number to 11. The more help we have, the better.
Our Project Topic Managers may help in various areas, such as:
- Sharing blog and social media posts attached to our recommended hashtags
- Help start conversations about the mental health topics we focus on each month
- Help keep our conversations going
- Encourage people to share their stories
- Host Twitter chats
- Participate in our Twitter chats
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 email@example.com
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, or both.