Keep Talking by Pamela Harrington, Executive Director, BC2M
There is one week left of Mental Health Awareness Month, and we want to keep up the conversation about fighting stigma and discrimination!
We have been so inspired by the response to our #ITalk campaign, and cannot thank you enough for taking part in it. We want to continue this dialogue so please post or send your photo with 5 to 7 words about why you talk about mental health. And, check out our social media sites regularly as we will be featuring some of your entries on those pages.
We are keeping the conversation going with mybody Advanced Probiotic Skincare, who are dedicated to donating 1% of your purchases year-round, and 20% for their top sellers below during the month of May, to Bring Change 2 Mind. Please consider gifting yourself, family, and friends with products. Shop it forward for change!
This week, we are partnering with Discovery Life Channel on their programming event, PSYCH WEEK. Twin Peaks Actress and BC2M Advocate Mädchen Amick will serve as this year’s PSYCH WEEK Honorary Spokesperson. In addition to a series of mental health profiles, our latest PSA and videos will be featured throughout the week so please be sure to check your local listings and tune in.
The most recent #StrongerThanStigma report shows more than 1.2 Billion media impressions! We’re excited that so many people are seeing the PSA – it’s even lighting up Times Square! If you’ve seen the PSA, please let us know by taking a photo and sending it to us.
Additionally, we partnered on two amazing events in San Francisco this month. Sidewalk Talk was created by two local therapists, Traci Ruble and Lily Sloane, who recruited almost 30 volunteers to set up chairs across the city on May 7th and invite people to talk as a way to remove the stigma around therapy and to promote listening. In response to their success, Sidewalk Talk LA has been scheduled for listening at locations around Los Angeles on May 26th.
On May 16th, Project Awareness SF organized volunteers to distribute single stem flowers and postcards containing information on local resources and mental health facts to people across the city. Each event was met with great success, and encouraged people to talk about mental health. These are just two examples of events that you could organize in your community to raise awareness and instill compassion.
Thank you for supporting us, lending your voice to the conversation, and bringing change!