May is Mental Health Awareness Month – You Can Have a #RealConvo with Me. The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is focusing their attention on having a #RealConvo about mental health. They learned through a recent Harris Poll that 89 percent of people believe that mental health is just as important as physical health. Despite this, many people don’t know how to have a conversation about it.
May is Mental Health Awareness Month
You Can Have a #RealConvo with Me
This awareness month has been observed in May in the United States since 1949.
May of 2018, they launched a social media campaign encouraging people to talk about mental health.
For May is Mental Health Awareness Month they are asking for your help. Please share a picture of yourself on social media (Facebook, Twitter and/or Instagram) holding up a sign that says, “You Can Have a #RealConvo with Me.” Tag @AFSPNational and use the dedicated hashtag #RealConvo.
They may have wanted this done on May 16th, but this still can be done anytime!
You may also add a caption that includes a personal story of why the subject is important to you, such as:
- We all have mental health. Let’s have a #RealConvo about it!
- I lost my best friend to suicide. It’s so important to have a #RealConvo about mental health.
- If you’re struggling with your mental health, you can count on me to have a #RealConvo.
They hope you’ll lend your voice to this important campaign. By sharing this message, and encouraging others to do so, you will make an enormous impact.
For more resources on how to have a #RealConvo, visit afsp.org/mentalhealth.
First published May 17, 2018. Last updated or republished May 5, 2021.
If you are in crisis, please call the
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or
contact the Crisis Text Line by
texting TALK to 741741.
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