Be Vocal: Speak Up for Mental Health [web resource]
Approximately 44 million adults – 1 in 5 Americans – of every race, gender, religion and socio-economic status is diagnosed with a mental health condition in any given year.
Be Vocal: Speak Up for Mental Health, a partnership between Demi Lovato, who is living with bipolar disorder, and leading mental health advocacy organizations, is an initiative encouraging people across America to use their voice in support of mental health. Be Vocal aims to empower adults living with mental health conditions to speak up when talking with their professional support team and to speak up as a community to advance mental health in America.
Be Vocal focuses on the following key messages:
- It is important to be vocal—not only for yourself but also for your community.
- There are many things that each and every one of us can do to make a difference.
- We need to treat mental health conditions with the same attention and care as any medical condition. The brain is an organ, too.
- Living, loving and being well with mental health conditions is possible.
Visit the website for tips for speaking up for yourself, including sharing your experience, disclosing to others, playing an active role in your mental healthcare, and ; and for getting involved in your community— for example, by taking mental health first aid training, getting involved in a support group, or raising awareness.
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