I am the founder of Mental Health Advocates United and Advocates for People with Mental Illnesses. Yesterday, I challenged both my group and followers of my page to thank a mental health advocate. As the day continued, the idea developed into the Thank an Advocate Challenge.
I have taken the challenge on myself and have thanked several advocates including ones I know personally, politicians, musicians, FB page and Twitter page owners that have accounts that deal with mental illnesses.
Please take a few moments to thank at least one other advocate. Make sure you let them know that it is part of the this challenge by simply using the hashtag #thankanadvocatechallenge. In addition, help spread the word about this challenge.
Let’s encourage each other. By doing so, we will be helping and encouraging other advocates, but also those who have a mental illness.
As mental health advocates, it is important that we encourage other advocates to continue fighting the fight. The discrimination and stigma that come with mental illness is only going to change through education and awareness. Advocates, working together, can show that there is hope and recovery when you have a mental illness.
Thank an Advocate Challenge hosted by Mental Health Advocates United
1. Contact someone you know who is a mental health advocate and thank them for what they are doing.
2. Use Twitter, email, Facebook, phone, snail mail, etc
3.We need to encourage those who are advocating for us.
4. It would be helpful if you let others know the contact information of who you have contacted in case they want to thank the same person.
5. Share this with your fellow advocates and on your page to spread the word.
6. Use hashtag #thankanadvocatechallenge
If you are looking for some people to thank:
Mental Health Related Facebook Pages
Senator Creigh Deeds
NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Illness – Mental Health Support, Education and Advocacy
Bring Change 2 Mind
Patrick J. Kennedy
Black Dog Tribe
United States’s National Suicide Prevention Hotline
Famous People with Mental Illnesses