Your Story Matters
Sharing stories is a basic part of being human. It’s how we form connections. It’s how we understand one another. It’s how we learn and grow.
We know that when you are struggling with your mental health, it can be scary to speak up and ask for help. It can also be tough to share your story. But by speaking up about your thoughts, feelings, and experiences you can help change the attitudes and stereotypes around mental health conditions. When you share your story, it can help you break down the walls around you and build a bridge to connect with others who understand and care. Each story that we share helps us feel less alone. Because stories matter.
This is My Story
We all have a story to tell, and we welcome stories from people of all ages. The story you are brave to share has the power to reach others who are struggling, encouraging them to ask for help. By creating a safe place to share, explore, inspire and find connection, we are breaking down the stigma of mental health. As a mental health advocate, your story matters.
When telling your story, the most important thing is that your feel comfortable and safe. By completing the form below, you are sharing your experiences at the level of consent most comfortable for you.
We Need To Talk
Talking about mental health is difficult; However, by having these tough conversations, you show children and their families they aren’t alone, raise awareness and understanding about mental health, and could even save a life. Try these mental health conversation starters with a loved one then visit our Resources pages for a list of local mental health providers.
ARE YOU OK?
Ask the question and mean it. Show you are listening by sitting alongside the person, maintaining an open body position and maintaining comfortable eye contact.
I’VE NOTICED THAT…
Open the conversation by explaining behavior changes you have noticed. For example, “I’ve noticed you have been showing up to work late a lot lately.” Then, express genuine concern.
DO YOU WANT TO TAKE A WALK?
Engaging a friend, family member or loved one you are concerned about in a healthy activity like taking a walk together can be a great way to start a conversation. Doing an activity while you talk can take some of the nerves and discomfort out of the conversation.
ARE YOU THINKING ABOUT SELF-HARM?
If you are concerned that someone is considering suicide or self-harm, ask the question directly. This will not increase the risk of self-harm, but you may save a life.
HOW ARE YOU, REALLY?
Sometimes when someone says they’re fine, they’re not. Know the warning signs to look for so you can know when to offer extra support.
Continue the conversation and help raise awareness by sharing your story.
More Ways to Advocate for Mental Health
There are multiple ways you can advocate for mental health. As an advocate, it’s important to engage in a way that is comfortable and healthy for you. This can include supporting and listening to others, hosting fundraisers, and sharing resources. By staying informed, sharing our stories, and participating in these events, we are raising awareness and breaking down barriers around mental health.
With one act at a time, we can change the perception of mental health and work towards advancing and expanding care and resources throughout our community.