Start with daily conversations.
Daily conversations are direct, one-to-one interactions. They have power because the effect is immediate.
With daily conversations, you get to communicate your story, which contains your experiences, your thoughts, and your emotions.
Humans have connected through the power of story since the dawn of language.
It’s still the most powerful tool we have.
Strike up a conversation. Be vulnerable. “Going first” gives others the permission to share their stories as well.
Then move on to group efforts.
From daily conversations stem the power of groups.
Get enough people talking about the same thing, and you have the beginning of a movement.
There are likely already groups you can join in your community. NAMI
is a great example of a grassroots organization raising mental health awareness.
Or maybe you or someone you know is in college. Then, check out Active Minds.
What I’m trying to say is this: the groups are out there.
Don’t have one in your community?
Start it! All it takes is you and one other person. You’re one conversation away from making that happen.
Finally, look at systems.
How do the systems–the institutions, the government, the schools in your community–raise awareness for mental health?
Are they raising awareness at all?
If not, now you have something important to do.
Research what successful mental health advocacy in a system looks like.
How do you know when there is effective raising of mental health awareness?
Ask yourself questions constantly.
If you ask the questions, the answers have to appear.
Because, by asking the right questions, you start to get better answers.
So, I have a question for you.
What are you going to do next?
I hope you liked today’s update. I hope it gave you some ideas to try. As always, feedback is welcome. It’s more than welcome; it’s what keeps this newsletter experiment going.
Thank you for reading. If you got something out of this, please help me spread the word with your friends, family, and systems in your life. Social media friends count too! :)
Have a good Saturday,
P.S. I’m glad you’re here.