May is Mental Health Month. This month and throughout the year, NAMI Metro Baltimore builds awareness of mental health, stigma, and recovery. 1 in 5 people – 43.8 million adults in the United States – live with a mental health condition, including depression and anxiety. Mental health conditions and the stigma that continues to surround them affect people from all walks of life.
Stigma can have serious consequences. It can cause people to feel isolated and alone. Stigma can also keep people from seeking help and treatment when they need it. In fact, 60% of adults living with a mental health condition did not receive any treatment services in the past year.
This Mental Health Month, we hope you will join us in the #WalkInMyShoes campaign seeks to bring greater awareness to mental health, and to help those who are personally impacted to feel less alone. The campaign aims to educate the community, offer support, and encourage those who need help to reach out.
Join the #WalkInMyShoes Campaign
We invite you to join us throughout Mental Health Month in the #WalkInMyShoes campaign. Here’s how to get involved:
- Post a photo of your shoes on Instagram or Facebook with the caption: #WalkInMyShoes
- Feel free to add a brief sentence sharing your experience of what it’s like to live with a mental illness, or caring for someone who does. #WalkInMyShoes
- If you don’t want to share your story, but want to show you understand, simply show a picture of your shoes and caption it with #WalkInMyShoes
- Follow NAMI Metropolitan Baltimore on Facebook and Instagram.
Walk with Us – June 2nd
Ready to take the next step? Lace up your walking shoes and join us at the 16th Annual NAMIWalks Maryland on Saturday, June 2nd at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. Gather friends, family, and colleagues to form a team. Register your team today– be sure to say you’re walking with the Metro Baltimore affiliate! By walking with us, you’ll bring critical awareness to mental health and raise funds to support NAMI’s programs in our community.
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