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Mental Health Awareness Month: Let's talk about it!

This graphic was sourced from the Instagram page that provides lots of useful visuals to better understand and support a variety of mental health issues.


Some of us are more familiar with mental health and mental illnesses than others, but all individuals experience emotions and trauma to some extent. It's a great reminder that we all need to check in on ourselves and know when to ask for help, whether or not we are diagnosed with a mental health condition!


When discussing mental health, it is also important to acknowledge some of the symptoms and conditions that are not always represented in a positive light, and are less commonly understood. Rather than accepting the unknown and relying on stereotypes, we need to collectively make an effort to learn about these conditions and how much they impact people's lives.


Miguel was featured on Special Books by Special Kids on Youtube. He shares his experiences as an adult living with autism, schizophrenia, and psychosis.

Check out Miguel's story to learn about the highs and lows of living with multiple conditions, as well as a developmental disability. We encourage you to seek out more stories like his so that we can become more accepting and aware of other people's experiences!


About the Author:

Marissa is a graduate student at Illinois State University and has decided to create blogs for Marcfirst in the coming months to build awareness about important topics. Marissa has a background in women’s and gender studies, and uses this to locate high-quality research and understand diverse points of view that she herself can never fully experience. 

Disclaimer: The views expressed are Marissa’s and do not necessarily represent the official views of Marcfirst.

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