Mental illness, like any other health concern, is diagnosed at different stages. It may have fewer symptoms from time to time and/or impact our daily functioning. It is also important to know that mental illness is treatable and recovery is possible.
Unlike other areas of our health care, many people don’t have an affordable or accessible routine plan of care for mental health challenges. Individuals who may have access often suffer in silence due to the stigma of being diagnosed.
National Silence the Shame Day offers education and awareness, opening up conversations about mental health, wellness, mental illness, and recovery.
Other ways to participate include:
• Attend a mental health fair. They offer information about mental health conditions and how to care for your own mental health and wellness.
• Visit the blog/hashtag at #SilenceTheShame for stories like yours. You’re not alone or the only one dealing with mental health concerns.
• Request an assessment at your next checkup if you feel you may have mental health challenges.
• Some employers offer free, confidential employee assistance programs that include counseling sessions.
• Also, consider that 1 in 5 Americans suffer from some kind of mental illness. A neighbor, family member, coworker, friend, church member, or classmate could be struggling with a mental illness. However, the stigma silences them.
• Find out how you can make a difference to #SilenceTheShame by checking out the resources page.
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a 24/7 free suicide hotline (1-800-273-8255). Here anyone can get help or get involved. Also for confidential help, you can text the word Silence to 741741 from anywhere in the USA to text with a trained Crisis Counselor from Crisis Text Line.
Visit www.silencetheshame.com to learn more and join the movement.
TO DONATE: Text SILENCE to 707070 to benefit educational programs/awareness for mental health services.
Use #SilenceTheShame to share on social media on May 5th.
The Hip-Hop Professional Foundation, Inc. founded Silence the Shame Day on May 5, 2017, to increase positive awareness and education concerning mental illnesses and to encourage open discussion about mental health.
The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed National Silence the Shame Day to be observed in 2018.