In the wake of COVID-19, mental health conditions are on the rise: one in three people say the pandemic has left them feeling anxious or depressed, and there’s been sharp increase in suicidal ideation; with 24% of people ages 18-24 considering suicide. In a typical year, 1 in 5 college students are impacted by mental health conditions, and we all know this year has been anything but typical.
It’s more important than ever to bring awareness and reduce stigma surrounding mental health. NAMI Metro Baltimore is proud to pivot our I Will Listen Campaign to a virtual model, reaching all fourteen college and university partners across Baltimore City and County.
I Will Listen is a mental health awareness campaign that takes place October 4-10, Mental Illness Awareness Week. The campaign features personal stories, workshops, music, trivia, support groups and guided conversations where participants will learn more about mental health, what stigma is and how to overcome it.
At each event, students will receive information about mental health resources on campus and in the community. The overall goal of the I Will Listen Campaign is to help students reach out for mental health support when they need it.
I Will Listen was created by NAMI New York City in 2013 as a campaign encouraging listening with an open mind, and without judgement, at school, in the workplace, and in the community. NAMI Metro Baltimore activated the campaign locally in 2016. In 2019, the campaign reached more than 3,100 students, faculty, and staff on 12 college campuses.
How can you help? Start by listening.
Listening can be one of the most powerful ways to support someone facing mental health challenges. Take the pledge and learn more at http://iwilllisten.namibaltimore.org/events/. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for updates throughout the campaign.
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