Sunday, May 1, 2011

Mental Health Blog Party

Hi Everyone, I hope your doing well. May is Mental Health Month! I think this idea of a blog party day is a great way to spread awareness and help end the Stigma, so please join in and help make a difference:) If there is anything I have learned in the past year, while attending groups and with blogging the past couple of years, is that you might not think that what you have to say or share will make any difference, it's not that important, but it just may be what someone needed read that day, and your story and information you share can truly help heal, comfort, and even empower others! Don't underestimate yourself! When the badge becomes available I will post it on both of my blogs. Some of the links you can just copy and paste, I did not have time to do them all. I look forward to reading all of your posts if you join in.
Thanks for visiting my blog,
Have a great day,
Janet :)

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Mental Health Month Blog Party – May 18th

Mental health affects everyone and everything we do. Yet, mental health is a topic many don’t feel comfortable discussing. Join us on May 18, 2011, to spread the importance of good mental health and reduce its stigma.

May is Mental Health Month, and on May 18 bloggers will come together for a Mental Health Month Blog Party to educate the public about mental health, decrease stigma about mental illness, and discuss strategies for making lasting lifestyle and behavior changes that promote overall health and wellness.

You can see some of the great blogs that contributed to the event last year at our 2010 Mental Health Month Blog Day Round Up post.

Event Background
Mental health: it’s the way your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors affect your life. Having good mental health helps you make better decisions and deal with daily stressors at home, at work, and in your family. Sometimes, you may need help from a professional to take care of your mental health, especially if feelings or problems seem beyond your control.

Congress designated May as Mental Health Month in 1949 to illustrate the importance of mental health issues to the overall health and well-being of American citizens.

How can you help people recognize the importance of good mental health, overcome stigma, and seek out professional mental health services when needed?

* Join us on May 18 and publish a post on your blog about mental health’s importance, how we can diminish stigma, or the challenges of making lifestyle and behavior changes. Tell your story. Share your experience. Mental health affects everything we do. No matter what you regularly blog about, there’s a way to incorporate mental health.
* We’ll update this blog throughout the day with highlights of what people are writing about and sharing.
* Share stories, tips, and personal experiences about mental health to reinforce the shared challenges we face when it comes to managing our overall health and wellness.
* Post a video on YouTube, talking about why mental health matters to you. Or maybe you’d like to upload photos to Flickr. Let us know what you’ve done, so we can share it with others.
* Get resources about mental health, mind/body health, and family well-being at:
www.apa.org/helpcenter
www.youtube.com/apahelpcenter
http://www.ymca.net/healthy-family-home/
http://www.whatadifference.samhsa.gov/index.html
http://www.realwarriors.net/
http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/go/may
* Follow @apahelpcenter on Twitter for updates about the blog party and mind/body health. If you want us to easily find your blog or tweet, use the hashtag #mhblogday
* Post an “I’m Blogging for Mental Health” badge on your blog and help proudly spread the word about the importance of mental health. (We’ll be providing this year’s badge in the next few days.)
* Be a fan of the American Psychological Association on Facebook and join in on our series of Facebook chats throughout the month of May.

2 comments:

  1. Hi Janet! Thanks for spreading the word about the blog party. We'll have a badge that people can add to their blog on May 18 and will be pulling together a round up of what people are writing. Glad you'll be joining us. -Angel at YourMindYourBody.org

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  2. Thank you Angel, I am happy to spread the word for this great cause, I'm looking forward to particpating :)
    Take Care,
    Janet

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