Make it Okay to Say™ in May

Participate in National Mental Health Awareness Month at OkaytoSay.org

by Kanani Quijano, Communications Director, Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute

The month of May is associated with renewal, growth and hope, appropriate for the designation of National Mental Health Awareness Month in the United States. Each year, mental health advocates use the month to focus attention on mental health issues to raise public awareness and remove barriers that prevent people from seeking help for a treatable disease.

Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute is joining its partners and supporters to promote the importance of Mental Health Awareness Month as an opportunity to spotlight the mental health needs of families and communities in Texas.  

  • 3 in 4 Texans have a friend or family member that has experienced a mental health issue.
  • 9 of 10 Texans think it’s harder to talk about mental health rather than physical issues.
  • 3/4 of Texans agree more education would make them feel more confident about discussing mental illness.
  • 2/3 of people with a diagnosable mental illness do not seek treatment.

 

The Institute hopes to change those numbers by letting people know that it is okay to talk about mental illness just as with any physical disease.

That is why we are encouraging individuals and organizations in communities statewide to join the Okay to Say movement in May.

When you do, you will be adding your voice alongside Mark Cuban, Emmitt Smith, and fellow Texans who believe it is time we all talk openly about mental illness and to support and encourage our loved ones and others to seek care when needed.

Launched in March 2016, Okay to Say is a community-based movement initiated by the Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute to increase public awareness about how mental health issues affect Texans, as well as to help people voice the challenges and successes they, their loved ones or friends encounter when they seek help for these treatable diseases.

To join the movement, simply visit okaytosay.org and add your name or share a story or message of support.

We hope watching the videos, reading the comments on the support wall and social media, and learning more about the mental health resources provided by our partners will inspire people to invite their friends, family, companies, and groups to join the Okay to Say movement as well.

Also, be sure to visit the site often to follow the community momentum and look for information and updates about coming events later this year including a Satellite Media Tour and more celebrity announcements.