A Pledge For Mental Health Awareness
May has come to a close, and so have a number of Mental Health Awareness campaigns. Devised in the U.S. in 1949 by the Mental Health America organization, Mental Health Awareness Month is dedicated to raising awareness and educating the public about mental illness, some form of which affects approximately 45 million adults and 17 million children.
Today, more organizations and institutions than ever before are choosing to take part in a mental health awareness campaign each May, including Jumo Health. This past month, we dedicated ourselves to getting our community involved to #StopTheStigma that prevents more than half of all those who suffer from anxiety, depression, and other forms of mental illness from seeking the help they need.
Continuing a Critical Conversation
However, one month is not enough. Creating the kind of healthy cultural conversation that will end the harmful stigma means continuing to talk about mental health beyond May and weaving the topic into our societal fabric and our daily lives.
Physical and mental health are two sides of the same coin, and we must carry on the kind of progressive dialogue that’s so prevalent in May if we want to do away with the guilt, shame, and isolation that so many individuals confront when dealing with mental illness.
This is why we at Jumo Health have decided to invoke the following Mental Health Pledge:
We pledge, as an organization, to ensure the inclusion, where appropriate, of mental health considerations in all of our resources as we strive to stop the stigma commonly associated with mental health conditions.
The conversation around mental health needs to change - and that begins with awareness and education. Mental illness presents itself in different ways, at different times, and does not discriminate. For us at Jumo Health, that means naturally integrating mental health topics into our content and tools.
Make Your Pledge
Join us in making mental health awareness a lifetime campaign. Find and connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, where we’d love to hear your story or how you’re pledging to #StopTheStigma and #OwnYourMentalHealth. Tag us @jumohealth and we can continue the conversation together.